Two Vancouver Island men have been fined a total of $5,250 for illegally possessing moose meat and lying to conservation officers.
Russell Diebold of Nanaimo and David Barnett of Sooke were convicted in Prince George provincial court for the offences, which took place in October 2001.
Diebold was fined $2,000 for two counts of unlawful possession of moose meat, $750 for providing a false statement to a conservation officer, and $750 for counselling another person to use a hunting licence illegally.
Barnett was fined $1,750 for two counts of unlawful possession of moose meat.
Diebold and Barnett were part of a group stopped during a routine hunting season roadblock in the Prince George area. When the group was found to be in unlawful possession, they attempted to cover up by lying to conservation officers. Three other members of this group were previously convicted of wildlife offences related to this incident.
The maximum penalty under the Wildlife Act for these types of offences is $50,000 and six months in jail.
Illegal hunting and angling threaten British Columbia's fish and wildlife. Through the Observe, Record, Report program, British Columbians 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 will be kept confidential.