Fish and wildlife officers in the Medicine Hat area are seeking the public’s assistance to help stop illegal hunting.
Over the past number of months Medicine Hat Fish and Wildlife officers have been investigating a series of reports of night hunting and incidents of deer shot and abandoned in the southeast region of the province.
Redcliff RCMP on Nov. 23 stopped a vehicle matching the description given in an earlier report of illegal hunting. Two men from Medicine Hat were arrested, later admitting to night hunting, hunting during a closed season, leaving edible game meat to waste and hunting without licences. Subsequent investigation led to a third male, who was also charged with multiple counts under the Wildlife Act.
Fish and wildlife officers have seized two vehicles, spotlights and several firearms as a result of the investigation.
Authorities say poaching is a serious crime with severe penalties. If convicted, violators may be fined up to $50,000 and/or sentenced up to six months in jail for each conviction.
If you have any information regarding illegal hunting activity please call the Report a Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800 any time — day or night. All information is kept strictly confidential and could be eligible for a cash reward.