By Trevor Robb
Three Alberta men, including one Edmonton man, have been fined over $42,000 after pleading guilty in court Friday to trafficking moose, elk and deer meat.
The Alberta Justice and Solicitor General department says officers began investigating the case after sources alleged that wildlife was being illegally bought and sold in the Lac Ste. Anne area of Alberta.
The tips helped launch an undercover investigation, which on July 14, 2014 resulted in police seizing 322 packages of moose and elk meat, worth approximately $6,500 on the black market. Officers also seized $1,105 in cash.
Norman Samuel L’Hirondelle of Edmonton, Harold Daniel L’Hirondelle of Marlboro and Edward Joseph L’Hirondelle of Redwater have each been convicted of trafficking in wildlife. They also have had their hunting licenses suspended for at least six years, and are require to to report all hunting activities to the government for the next five years.
Anyone with information about any wildlife or fishery violations is encouraged to call the 24-hour Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800. Callers can remain anonymous and could qualify for a reward.