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Okanagan moose poachers caught, convicted and fined

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The poaching of moose in the Okanagan led to two recent court convictions.

In September, a West Kelowna resident was fined $4,000, banned from hunting for three years, and prohibited from possessing any firearm, cross-bow, prohibited or restricted weapon, device or ammunition in connection with poaching a cow moose out of season, according to a recent report from the B.C. Conservation Officer Service.

The individual was also convicted of improper storage of a firearm, possession without a licence, and must forfeit their rifle and retake training.

In December, an individual was fined $1,500 after being convicted in Kelowna for killing a cow moose out of season near Jackpine Lake.

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service would like to remind the public that it is a hunter’s responsibility to be cognizant of all Wildlife Act, Hunting and necessary regulations. Suspected poaching incidents can be reported to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.

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