Poacher caught, fined $5K
Thanks to a call made to the Turn In Poachers line, a man from the Rosthern area has pleaded guilty to charges related to Moose poaching.
In April 2017, Ministry of Environment conservation officers received information from a call into the TIP line regarding a moose that had been shot on private land near Alvena, with on the hindquarters removed.
Officers arrived on scene and found a cow moose, which was pregnant, and her calf lying dead beside her. They also found signs that a vehicle drove into the field and became stuck.
Landowners in the area were contacted, and officers were able to get a description of a green car in the area that morning, as well as a description of the occupants who had asked for help getting unstuck from the field.
Officers were able to use the information to get a search warrant. They searched a residence, collecting evidence from the trunk of a car.
Glen Paintednose, 47, of the One Arrow First Nation, pleaded guilty to unlawful hunting and waste of edible game under the Saskatchewan Wildlife Act and Regulations. He was fined a total of $4,998, and his rifle was forfeited to the Crown.
If you suspect wildlife, fisheries, forestry or environmental violations, call the local Ministry of Environment office, the toll-free Turn In Poachers line at 1-800-667-7561 or #5555 for SaskTel cellular subscribers, or online at Saskatchewan.ca/tip You may be eligible for cash rewards from the SaskTip reward program.