Vancouver man convicted for illegal moose hunt near Kamloops

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KAMLOOPS - A Vancouver man will have to pay over $7,000 in fines to a Conservation Foundation after he was convicted of killing a moose out of season, along with two other charges under the B.C. Wildlife Act.

The Conservation Officer Service started an investigation of the two men Nov. 5, 2013 after witnesses reported seeing a dead bull moose on the side of the road near Merritt. The moose had been shot out of season.

The investigation led officers to Vancouver where they seized a Ford Raptor truck belonging to one of the suspects.  

Yue Xin Xiao was convicted in Kamloops Provincial Court on Dec. 17 of possessing dead wildlife, not abiding by hunting prohibitions and not retrieving edible portions from the animal.

He was fined $3,738 and ordered to pay $4,000 to the Habitat Conservation Trust foundation. The vehicle along with his two rifles were forfeited. He is not permitted to hunt in B.C. for two years.

A second man was acquitted on the same charges.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca, or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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