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Hunters nabbed for wildlife act violations on N.L. West coast

Big game licence applications have been automatically mailed to eligible hunters for participation in the provincial 2017 big game licence draw.
Outdoor enthusiast and Telegram columnist Paul Smith takes aim at a moose during one of his past hunting expeditions. He follows all the rules being a huge advocate of the outdoor's life. A number of hunter's on the West coast did not follow those same rules and are facing charges following violations in the Wildlife ct between Sept. 14 and Sept. 19.

A number of individuals on this province’s West coast are facing charges under the Wildlife act.
Recent investigations saw Newfoundland and Labrador Fish and Wildlife officers lay charges in three separate investigations, the most recent coming on Sept. 19 when the Corner Brook officers found an individual hunting moose in an area off-limits based on the hunter’s licence.
The individual had a firearm seized in addition to being charged with hunting in a management area. They also had to forfeit their big game licence.
In a second incident in Corner Brook, wildlife officers responded to a complaint on Sept. 14 that a non-resident hunter had allegedly killed a moose.
The individual, from Ontario, was located and a large quantity of moose meat was seized. He was released to return to court at a later date to face charges relating to an application for a big game licence as a non-resident and killing a gig-game animal on an invalid license.
Also on Sept. 14, Wildlife officers from Stephenville and Corner Brook detachments were called to a residence to investigate shots fired in proximity to that home.
An investigation led to two individuals being located and detained. A moose and rifles were seized.
They will face charges of discharging a firearm within 300 metres of a dwelling, killing a big game animal other than the sex named on the license, not making reasonable efforts to retrieve the kill and intentionally allowing the moose to become spoiled.
The public can and did play a significant role in assisting officers in protecting the province's natural resources in addition to ensuring the safety of everyone enjoying outdoor activities by reporting suspicious activity.
This can be done anonymously and toll-free at any time of the day, by calling 1-877-820-0999, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Anonymous online reports may be submitted at www.stoppoaching.ca or www.nlcrimestoppers.com .

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