Moose poacher fined $2,500

An Oliver man who illegally killed and harvested a moose and its calf was fined $2,500.

An Oliver man who illegally killed and harvested a moose and its calf was fined $2,500.

David Martin, 29, pleaded guilty to hunting and killing wildlife out of season, hunting or carrying a firearm without a license, unlawful possession of dead wildlife and knowingly making a false statement Monday.

Martin shot a calf moose with a seven-millimetre rifle on June 25, 2014. When attempting to recover the calf, the cow moose would not leave her offspring and Martin shot and killed the cow as well. There was no lawful hunting season for moose in effect at the time.

Martin loaded up the cow and most of the calf and returned to his residence, asking friends to assist him in the butchering of the moose. A witness contacted the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline on June 27.

RCMP executed a search warrant on Martin’s residence finding meat with labels reading “moose meat” and stamped with a date that coincided with the illegal harvest, they also found Martin’s rifle loaded and unsafely stored in his residence.

Crown counsel sought a fine in the range of $3,000 to $5,000.

“This is an extremely serious offence, not only was it a cow moose shot and killed, but also a calf,” said Judge Meg Shaw.

Martin’s rifle was forfeited for destruction and he received a ten-year firearms prohibition as well as a five-year hunting suspension. Martin has no prior criminal record.

 

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