Image credit: Facebook/Conservation Officer Service

Kelowna men convicted for killing off-season moose

Two Kelowna men were charged, convicted and fined for killing an off-season cow moose

Two Kelowna men were convicted and sentenced this month for the killing of a cow moose out of season.

BC Conservation reports that Randy Cecil Watson and Burc Colins were charged under the Wildlife Act after killing a moose near Beaverdell in November 2015.

Watson, who took responsibility for killing the moose, pleaded guilty to hunting out of season, unlawful possession of wildlife and resisting or obstructing an officer from exercising their duties.

Related: Prominent hunter fined $3,000 for illegal elk kill in Kootenays

“Watson received a total of $2,200 in fines, 52 hours of community service and a one-year probation, as well as a one-year hunting prohibition,” writes the BC Conversation Service.

“In lieu of the forfeiture of a seized firearm, Watson accepted an option to provide a letter of apology to the public (for the purpose of publishing) acknowledging the facts of the incident, responsibility for his actions with the option to express remorse or apologize to the public.”

Colins also agreed to write an apology letter (both can be found below) after he took responsibility for aiding in the killing and retrieval of the cow moose.

He pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of wildlife and resisting or obstructing an officer from exercising their duties.

“He received a total of $1,000 in fines and a one-year hunting prohibition,” added the Conservation office.

“Letters from both parties have been received and firearms have been returned.”

The case resulted in a total of $3,200 in fines, the majority of which was directed to be paid to the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund to be used for the benefit of conservation projects in the Province of BC.


 

@carmenweld
carmen.weld@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

Just Posted

Arson considered for Rutland house fire

The fire on Argyll Road last week destroyed the home’s carport

Okanagan real estate agents brace for speculation tax impact

“There’s a real potential for a domino effect to hurt the market in Kelowna.”

Crime Stoppers search for Lake Country suspects

The Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers need your help in finding perpetrator

Accused testifies in Kelowna sex assault trial

The defence case in a sexual assault trial in Kelowna is underway

West Kelowna accident sends person to hospital

The accident occurred after 1 p.m. on Thacker Drive and Douglas Road

VIDEO: B.C. superfans soak in 2018 PyeongChang Olympics

Trio, including two from the Okanagan, have been cheering on Summerland Olympian Kripps among others in Korea

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Great Big Sea fame shares story of abuse, recovery

Séan McCann performs in Vernon March 4 and Kelowna March 5

More snow expected on the Coquihalla, Highway 3

Environment Canada says five to 10 centimetres will come down between Friday and Saturday mornings

New charges against ex-Trump campaign associates

More charges were laid Thursday against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and his business associate

Man accused in death of Winnipeg teen Tina Fontaine not guilty

Raymond Cormier was accused of killing Indigenous 15-year-old and dumping her body in the Red River

Alberta drops B.C. wine boycott, Notley says Horgan ‘blinked’ on pipeline

B.C. government announces court reference on proposed diluted bitumen restriction

UPDATE: Northern Health dealing with lack of 121 registered nurses

Auditor General says officials need to improve internal management, track effect of new policies

B.C. businesses say new health tax will raise prices for consumers

Province announced that MSP will be gone by 2020

Most Read