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COs find elk shot illegally

Conservation officers are asking for help from the public with information about the shooting of an elk in Okanagan Mountain Park at the opening of hunting season.

Open season for elk with a minimum of six points on an antler opened Sept. 10 in this area.

However, a five-point bull elk was shot about 9 that morning, according to people in the area at the time.

Three shots were heard and the dead animal was discovered left behind by the shooter.

Seitz says he is hoping whoever shot the elk will turn themselves in before the investigation gets well underway.

“If this was you, this is your opportunity to come forward. If you don’t it will be viewed differently,” he said.

“An ethical hunter would have turned himself in if he made such a mistake. We would be more lenient than we will be if we have to investigate.”

Under the Wildlife Act, there’s provision for a fine of up to $50,000 and/or six months in jail.

The person could be charged with hunting during a closed season, failure to report the shooting and leaving the edible portion behind.

There were a number of people in the area at the time, said Seitz, so he is hopeful one of them saw something which could be helpful and will come forward with some information.

Contact him through the toll-free Report All Poachers and Polluters line at: 1-877-952-7277.

 

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