Two Burns Lake men have been sentenced after one pleaded guilty to illegal guiding, and the other to trafficking in wildlife meat.
David Tom Jr. and Richard Ronald Perry were ordered by provincial court Judge Agnes Kranz to perform 100 and 120 hours of community work, respectively. Both men were placed on six months' probation and must provide details of any hunting activities for one year if asked by conservation officers.
Tom pleaded guilty to one count of guiding for big game without a licence and to discharging a firearm from a motorboat. Perry pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in wildlife meat. A stay of proceedings was entered on other charges.
Burns Lake conservation officers and the ministry's special investigations unit began their investigation of Tom and Perry in August 1998, after learning the men were illegally offering to guide hunters for big game in the Burns Lake area. The investigation concluded in February 1999.
The public alerted conservation officers to the illegal activities.
The maximum penalty for illegal guiding under the provincial Wildlife Act is a $100,000 fine and one year in jail.
Illegal hunting and angling threaten provincial fish and wildlife. British Columbians are urged to combat this by reporting it to the nearest conservation office, or by calling the toll-free wildlife violations hotline at 1-800-663-9453. All information will be kept confidential.