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EDMONTON – Ten people have been charged with 323 offences in what Alberta officials are calling a “high profile poaching case.”
In November 2013, 36 animals were found shot and left to waste in the Edson area. They included 26 deer, five moose, four elk, and one black bear.
Fish and Wildlife officers turned to the public for help identifying those responsible.
“I want to thank everyone who helped conclude this investigation by calling in tips,” said Jonathan Denis, Alberta’s minister of justice. “Poaching is a significant crime in Alberta and charges like these show how serious we are about protecting our province’s fish and wildlife resources.”
Two individuals charged with 20 counts are youths who cannot be named.
Three others face a total of 99 charges, but since about half of them were allegedly committed when they were under the age of 18, they also cannot be named.
The five accused poachers who are being named include:
The list of their full charges can be found below.
All accused are scheduled to appear at the Edson Provincial Courthouse on August 5.
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