Conservation officers investigating in Kelowna and Vernon

On the hunt for poachers

Conservation officers in the Okanagan have been busy hunting poachers.

A Twitter post Friday said the “BCCOS in the North Okanagan executed a search warrant this morning at the residence of a suspect. Multiple pieces of evidence were seized and the investigation into three Bull Moose being poached continues.”

The investigation also includes Kelowna.

There are serious consequences for anyone caught poaching in the province.

A poacher may be subject to a fine and/or imprisonment, which could be:

  • a poacher's hunting licence can be cancelled for up to 30 years, following conviction.
  • Up to $25,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment for the majority of offences under the Wildlife Act
  • Up to $50,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment for offences that could harm the wildlife resource or that reflect serious unethical practices related to illegal hunting or trapping
  • $1,000 to $100,000 and/or 1 year imprisonment for offences related to the illegal trade in live wildlife or killing endangered species

Castanet will have more information when it becomes available.

Anyone with information on poachers or other violations is urged to call the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).

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