Saskatchewan men fined for unlawfully hunting moose

File photo. Two Saskatchewan men fined, suspended from hunting after a moose was unlawfully killed in the Elbow area. Karen Bleier / Getty Images/File

OUTLOOK, Sask. – Two Saskatchewan men have been fined after pleading guilty to unlawfully hunting a moose in the Elbow area. In addition to the fine, both have been suspended from hunting in the province for one year.

Craig Hassett of Saskatoon and Wade Hassett of Craik were charged after an investigation by conservation officers in October 2014. Officers found a full dead bull moose carcass with the antlers intact.

Evidence led to both men being charged with unlawfully allowing a hunting licence to be used by another person, unlawfully possessing wildlife taken in contravention of the Act, and two counts of unlawfully allowing edible game to be wasted under the Saskatchewan Wildlife Act and Regulations.

Both pleaded guilty to the charges in Outlook provincial court. Craig Hassett was fined $4,760, and Wade Hassett was fined $2,210.

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“The public’s assistance is invaluable as we work to protect and preserve Saskatchewan’s natural resources,” said Ken Aube, the enforcement director at the Ministry of Environment.

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“I‘m confident that the penalties in this case will help deter others from this type of illegal activity.”

Officials point to this case as an example of the public assisting in solving crimes through the turn in poachers (TIP) program.

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