By Ragnar Haagen
Three men from the North Okanagan have been arrested and fined by conservation officers, after allegedly poaching moose near Haddo Lake last weekend.
Conservation officer Josh Lockwood says almost $2,700 worth of fines were handed out to two men from Vernon and one from Lumby.
A witness had been hunting in the area when he came across a cow and calf moose that had been shot and left on the side of the road. He was able to take photos and video of the three suspects and then called the poaching hotline.
When officers arrived the following day, they found two of the suspects back at the scene and in the process of dressing the moose (the process of removing the internal organs).
“They were arrested and investigated and it was determined that (the animals) were shot without license and out of season,” says Lockwood, who praised the hunter who called in the crimes.
“Lots of people don’t report these incidents, but this individual did and it was outstanding on his part to go that extra step.”