A Calgary man caught illegally hunting on Vancouver Island is facing a $2,875 fine and a two-year ban from hunting in B.C., conservation officials say.
Sentencing recently wrapped up in Port Hardy provincial court, according to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service in a social media post on Thursday.
The BCCOS says the incident happened in October 2019 near Woss, where officers conducted hunting compliance checks. They say the man was using a B.C. resident licence to hunt despite living in Alberta.
“The BCCOS hopes this penalty deters others from similar activities,” the service said in its post.
In B.C., it’s an offence under the Wildlife Act to hunt “big game” like deer or moose if you’re a non-resident and unaccompanied by a licenced guide, an assistant guide with written authorization or a person with the required permits.
The B.C. government has more hunting rules on its website.