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Three Sask. men fined $14,700 for poaching
Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017 11:25AM CST
Three Saskatchewan men convicted of poaching have been fined $14,700.
In November 2015, conservation officers received a Turn In Poachers (TIP) call about an elk that was shot out of season on private land about eight kilometres outside of Kamsack. Investigators found ballistic and DNA evidence at the site.
A few days later, officers located a white-tailed deer kill site on private land about 10 kilometres from Kamsack.
While assisting the RCMP with the investigation, officers discovered the abandoned hind quarters of an elk that was left to waste at a vacant condo in Duck Mountain Provincial Park. DNA samples were taken, and lab results determined they were from the same shot elk that was earlier reported through TIP.
On May 17, Raymond Sparvier, 36, of Melville pleaded guilty to unlawfully hunting a bull elk on private land without permission and unlawfully possessing wildlife. Sparvier was fined a total of $3,500.
The investigation revealed that Sparvier had hunted with two accomplices, who were convicted of the 2015 wildlife-related offences last October.
Christopher Weisgerber, 29, of Regina was found guilty of unlawfully hunting white-tailed deer buck and unlawfully hunting a bull elk. He failed to appear in court and was found guilty by a judge. Weisgerber received a $5,600 fine.
Clinton Durocher, 26, also from Regina, was found guilty of assisting, aiding or hunting with a First Nations person and being in possession of wildlife taken by a First Nations person.
Durocher failed to appear in court and was found guilty by the judge and fined $5,600. He also received a one-year hunting suspension.