A Calgary man has been fined $2,875 and handed a two-year ban after being caught illegally hunting on Vancouver Island.
The incident occurred in October 2019 near Woss as the BC Conservation Officer Service was conducting hunting compliance checks in the area.
“Hunting big game in BC as a non-resident, without being accompanied by a licenced guide, an assistant guide with written authorization or a person with the required permits, is an offence under the BC Wildlife Act,” the BCCOS said in a Facebook post last week.
According to the agency, the man claimed to be a BC resident in order to get a hunting licence in the province and say they made the post with hopes the penalty serves as a deterrent to others.
Non-residents are allowed to hunt small game unaccompanied in BC but must possess a non-resident licence and have completed hunter safety training.
The sentencing recently concluded in Port Hardy Provincial Court.