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Coyote hunting at night leads to fine for Saskatchewan man

File photo of a coyote. An Outlook, Saskatchewan man has been fined after hunting coyotes at night near Hanley earlier this year. Jonathan Hayward / The Canadian Press

SASKATOON – A Saskatchewan man has been fined after he pleaded guilty to hunting coyotes at night earlier this year.

Jesse Dechaine, from Outlook, was charged under the Wildlife Act regulations after a tipster reported someone was using lights to spot a coyote and shooting at it with a high-powered rifle near Hanley in January.

Dechaine was charged with hunting with the use of lights and unlawfully discharging a firearm within 500 metres of occupied buildings.

“Hunting after daylight hours is dangerous because you can’t be sure of your target and beyond,” said Ken Aube with the Ministry of Environment.

“The danger increases when you add occupied buildings. It is taken very seriously; the public has a right to be safe.

Along with the potential for the risk of serious injury or death when shooting near occupied buildings, it is also considered unethical to use lights at night to kill wildlife.

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Dechaine was fined $1,860.

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