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Alberta motocross club hit with $70K in fines for event that saw bikes ride through threatened-species habitat

A motorcycle club in southern Alberta has been fined for a race that saw bikes roar through creeks, killing or endangering fish including the threatened westslope cutthroat trout.

Riders killed fish in Racehorse Creek area of Crowsnest Pass in August 2014, court finds

A westslope cutthroat trout and dirt bikers are seen in these file photos. (Pete Zimowsky/AP, Dave Gilson/CBC)

A motorcycle club in southern Alberta has been fined for a race that saw bikes roar through creeks, killing or endangering fish including the threatened westslope cutthroat trout.

The Brooks Motocross Club and a member of its executive were both found guilty last December of contravening the Fisheries Act and Species at Risk Act.

Provincial court judge Jerry LeGrandeur fined the club $45,000 and the David French, its executive director, $25,000.

The club and French contravened the acts by allowing motocross bikes to race through streams in the Racehorse Creek area of the Crowsnest Pass in August of 2014.

The bikers killed a number of bull trout, as well as westslope cutthroat trout, which are designated a threatened species.

The Crown said during the trial that French was supposed to have built bridges for the bikers to cross the streams, but Crown witnesses who took photos of the race testified there was only one permanent bridge.

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