Kelowna Hunters Fined for Wildlife Offences

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Three Kelowna residents have received fines totalling $7,400 for unlawful hunting of moose in the Nevis Creek valley north of Fort St. John.

On May 7, Fritz Wirtz Sr., Fritz Wirtz Jr. and Valentin Dobrin each pleaded guilty in Fort St. John provincial court to four counts under the Wildlife Act.

Fritz Wirtz Sr. pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of moose, failing to state correct date and location of wildlife, illegal use of another person’s licence and failing to report accidental killing of wildlife. He was fined $4,000.

Valentin Dobrin pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of moose, failing to state correct date and location of wildlife, failing to keep moose antlers available for inspection and failing to report accidental killing of wildlife. He was fined $2,700.

Fritz Wirtz Jr. pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of moose, failing to state correct date and location of wildlife, failing to keep moose antlers for inspection and allowing his licence to be used by another person. He was fined $700.

The charges stem from an incident in October 2001 when conservation officers discovered portions of three different moose. The charges carry a maximum sentence of $50,000 and six months’ imprisonment.

Illegal hunting and angling threaten British Columbia’s fish and wildlife. Through the Observe, Record, Report program, people are urged to combat illegal activity. Anyone with information is asked to contact the ministry’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-663-WILD (9453). All calls are kept confidential.