By Adam Graham
A pair of suspected poaching incidents in the Okanagan have conservation officers taking notice.
Officer Bob Hamilton says a 51-year-old Penticton man has been fined nearly $1,495 after he was spotted shooting a female California bighorn sheep on December 6.
"We've never dealt with this person before and he was a new hunter," says Hamilton.
Shooting female California bighorns is illegal in the Okanagan. The incident took place up in the mountains of the Carmi Road area, just east of Penticton.
Hamilton says officers are also looking for suspects of a possible moose poaching incident just off the McCulloch Main Forest Service Road, southeast of Kelowna on Monday, December 30.
"They loaded the animal into a light green Chevy pickup truck and a dark green Jeep Rubicon was accompanying them. They then headed off down the 201 Forest Service road towards Penticton," says Hamilton.
Please call the Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277 if you think you have seen these vehicles or have any info on this incident. Callers may wish to remain anonymous.