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'Moose riders' convicted

Two men from Fort St. John have been ordered to pay a total of $8,000 in fines in connection in the infamous “moose rider” viral video.

Bradley Crook, 32, and Jaysun Pinkerton, 33, entered guilty pleas on Friday to a count each of harassing wildlife with a boat. The incident took place in July 2014 on a lake near Fort Nelson.

A video showing a man jumping off the front of a boat onto the back of a swimming moose calf was published by a conservation group in June 2015, attracting over two million views and national attention.

Each man will pay $2,000 in fines, and another $2,000 to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation according to a Facebook post from the BC Conservation Officer Service.

The Alaska Highway News is reporting that the Crown dropped charges of attempting to capture wildlife and hunting big game while swimming as the result of a joint application in Fort St. John provincial court on Friday.



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