Moose poachers nabbed by Manitoba conservation workers
8 hunters to face $2,500 to $10,000 in fines
Conservation officers charged eight hunters with alleged moose poaching, a provincial news release said Thursday.
Fines will be determined when the hunters go to court, but according to new rules, they range between $2,500 to $10,000.
Sustainable development workers also seized four vehicles, weapons and other hunting equipment.
The hunters were charged with a range of offences during a recent four-day blitz, including: hunting at night, hunting moose in a moose conservation closure area, discharging a firearm from a vehicle, having a loaded firearm in a vehicle and operating a motor vehicle while suspended, said the province.
In addition to moose hunting, the province said one person was charged with possession of more fish than is allowed by the daily quota.
Due to declines in moose numbers in east-central Manitoba, partial restrictions and bans are in place, said Manitoba Sustainable Development.
The rules affect rights-based and licensed hunters.
The province asks that anyone with information about illegal activities to call their local Manitoba Sustainable Development Office or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) line at 1-800-782-0076 (toll-free).