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Hunter fined for leaving behind edible meat from bighorn rams near Kamloops

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January 11, 2017 - 6:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - A woman who hunted and killed three bighorn rams in the Kamloops area has been fined for not taking home all the meat from one of the kills.

Marlene Kato pleaded guilty today, Jan. 11, in Kamloops provincial court to one count of failing to make a reasonable effort to recover the edible portions of meat after hunting and killing three California bighorn rams in November 2014, according to B.C. Conservation officer Kevin Van Damme.

Van Damme says while Kato did take the meat from two of the carcasses, she left a good portion of the third, adding she took the hides and heads of all three.

“We had had a complaint about someone finding these sheep without meat taken,” he says.

Because Kato left edible meat behind she’s received a $2,000 fine and forfeits the animals’s remains, Van Damme says. The meat went to local a First Nation for consumption.

"Sometimes in the case of sheep they're hunted for trophy, but you're still required to recover the forequarters and hinds," he says.

Because Kato is from a local First Nation, Van Damme says the conservation service worked with local bands on the case and says they supported the charges.

“They agreed this was not the type of hunting that they promote and support,” he says.

The heads of three rams killed by Marlene Kato. She lost possession of them and had to pay a $2,000 fine after pleading guilty to not taking the meat of one of the animals with her in November 2014.
The heads of three rams killed by Marlene Kato. She lost possession of them and had to pay a $2,000 fine after pleading guilty to not taking the meat of one of the animals with her in November 2014.
Image Credit: B.C. Conservation Service

A photo of some of the dead ram left behind. Marlene Kato pleaded guilty to one count of leaving edible meat when hunting.
A photo of some of the dead ram left behind. Marlene Kato pleaded guilty to one count of leaving edible meat when hunting.
Image Credit: B.C. Conservation Service

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