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Lake Country men fined $11,000 for poaching moose

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April 09, 2021 - 11:08 AM

Three Lake Country men received a combined $11,000 in fines after poaching four moose in two separate incidents, commonly known as party hunting.

Christopher Adam Charles Gross, Terry Christopher Knooihuizen and Timothy Watson McCool have been fined for the poaching incidents that date back to 2017, according to court documents.

In 2017, in Vernon, Knooihuizen shot and killed two bull moose illegally and used McCool’s species tag to try to cover it up, the Conservation Officer Service said in a media release. He received $3,500 in fines for exceeding his bag limit and using another person’s tag. McCool was fined $2,000, according to the service.

In 2019, while in Revelstoke, Knooihuizen poached another two bull moose and used Gross’ species tag to try and hide the incidents. Knooihuizen was fined an additional $3,500, for a total of $7,000. Gross received a $2,000 fine.

Knooihuizen has been banned from hunting for two years. His friends received one-year hunting prohibitions. All three have to retake the hunter education program and cannot accompany anyone hunting or be in a hunting camp, court documents said.

“Poaching is a reckless activity with a blatant disregard for wildlife and public safety. The (Conservation Officer Service) hopes these fines will help deter others from this unlawful activity. Please report violations to the RAPP line,” reads the Conservation Officer Service media release.

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