A Burnaby couple have been fined a total of $6,000 in provincial court for various offences involving the illegal possession of bear parts.
On May 25, 2005, Kwang Ho Yoon and his wife Myung So Yoon were stopped by the Conservation Officer Service at a multi-agency road-check on Highway 19 near Campbell River and found to be in possession of a black bear gallbladder. Conservation officers seized the gallbladder, a short-quartered black bear, Kwang Ho Yoon’s hunting rifle and all associated hunting equipment.
After a thorough investigation, the Yoons appeared in Vancouver provincial court on Aug. 1, 2006. They pleaded guilty to three offences under the Wildlife Act.
Kwang Ho Yoon was convicted on two counts under the Wildlife Act Commercial Activities Regulations and was fined $5,000. Myung So Yoon was convicted on one count under the Wildlife Act Commercial Activities Regulations and was fined $1,000.
The Yoons have been given one year to pay the $6,000 total fine amount. The Crown was successful in obtaining nearly full forfeiture of items seized during the investigation. The forfeited items included a digital laser range finder and a Browning BAR-II (semi-automatic) Safari model seven-mm magnum rifle. Forfeitures were estimated to be valued at $5,000.
The Conservation Officer Service encourages the public to Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) by calling the 24-hour hotline toll free at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP), #7277 on the TELUS Mobility Network or by visiting RAPP website at: www.rapp.bc.ca .