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Poacher faces heavy fines and loss of hunting licence

Poacher fined, loses licence

An Okanagan man is facing fines of nearly $5,000 and the loss of his hunting licence after pleading guilty to poaching charges.

Richard Fischer was caught red-handed by conservation officer's on Remembrance Day 2019.

Conservation Officer Ed Seitz tells Castanet Fischer was stopped in his pick-up coming down Glenrosa Road in West Kelowna.

When the officers conducted a search of Fischer's vehicle, they found he was in possession of an illegal bull moose, which he had shot that morning.

"He had taken steps to cover up the fact that it was illegal," Seitz says.

The decapitated moose was hidden under an ATV and ramp in the back of the truck box. Officer's then back-tracked to the kill site and found the head and antlers, which had been chopped off with an axe.

The antlers proved the animal was immature and the moose and Fischer's firearm were seized.

Fischer has been found guilty on two counts under the BC Wildlife Act, fined $4,900.00, and has had his hunting licence suspended for one year. Fischer will also have to retake the Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education program before being allowed to hunt again.

Anyone who has information regarding violations can report them toll-free to the Report All Poachers and Polluters line or 1-877-952-7277.

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