Calgary man caught illegally hunting on Vancouver Island fined nearly $3,000

A Calgary man was fined $2,875 and suspended for two years after he was caught hunting illegally on Vancouver Island.

The incident occurred in October 2019 near Woss when the BC Conservation Officers Service was conducting game enforcement checks in the area.

“Hunting big game in BC as a non-resident, without being accompanied by a licensed guide, an assistant guide with written authorization, or a person with the required permits, is a crime under the BC Wildlife Law,” the BCCOS said. on a Facebook. post last week.

According to the agency, the man claimed to be a BC resident in order to obtain a hunting license in the province and says he made the post hoping the penalty would serve as a deterrent to others.

Non-residents may hunt small game unaccompanied in BC, but must possess a non-resident license and have completed hunter safety training.

The sentence was recently concluded in the Port Hardy Provincial Court.