Yukon Couple Fined $30,000 For Illegal Hunt

Canada News, Bear Hunting Magazine

A couple from the Yukon and their out-of-town relatives were officially fined this week after they posted photographs of their illegal hunting trip on a Facebook page.

More than $30,000 dollars in fines and ten-year hunting bans were served to them in territorial court earlier today. The court heard that the couple took their cousins hunting in 2011. Conservations officers were tipped off about possible offences after they posted photos online.

They shot two moose, a black bear and a grizzly bear. They wasted much of the moose meat and both bears were shot in no-hunting zones. The judge handed out the fines after an agreed statement of facts and guilty pleas were entered in court.

Many of the charges involved filing false statements and lying about what they had done. The judge said this family's conduct jeopardized a privilege Yukon hunters enjoy to act as guides for out-of-town friends and families.

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