A hunting-spree in southwest Saskatchewan ended up costing a pretty penny for two Manitoba residents in the fall.
Last November, Shaunavon conservation officers received a tip about a vehicle of individuals unlawfully hunting south of Cadillac. With help from other RCMP divisions including a K9 unit, they found and arrested three individuals near Assiniboia.
Maurice Sala of East Selkirk pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of wildlife, unlawful export of wildlife and wasting wildlife, and was fined $10,960.
Curtis Thunder of Buffalo Point pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of wildlife, unlawful hunting and driving off trails in a former PFRA pasture and was fined $3,020.
Both men also received two-year hunting suspensions. The third individual passed away before the matter was concluded in court.
Selkirk and Thunder were also linked by way of DNA to a mule deer buck that had been shot and left to waste near Cadillac. When officers found the three vehicle occupants, they were in possession of numerous wildlife despite having no provincial hunting licenses.
If you suspect wildlife, fisheries, forestry or environmental violations, please call Saskatchewan's toll-free Turn In Poachers and Polluters (TIPP) line at 1-800-667-7561 or report violations online at saskatchewan.ca/tipp. You may be eligible for cash rewards from the SaskTIP Reward Program and can stay anonymous.