Conservation Officer seizes nine deer during routine roadcheck in Quesnel

Conservation Officer seizes nine deer during routine roadcheck in Quesnel

The Conservation Officer Service said it had issued numerous charges and warnings

During a roadcheck in Quesnel on Sept. 15 the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service issued “numerous charges and warnings for Wildlife Act offences”.

The roadcheck on Highway 97 North was a joint check between the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, the RCMP and Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE).

Joel Kline, one of the Conservation Officers in Quesnel, said: “We checked more than 42 different fire arms, inspected about 16 animals, and had nine warnings issued and five charges.”

Kline said his team seized nine deer from one group travelling from Haida Gwaii.

“The deer were not being properly transported in regards to having requirements for having sex and species,” said Kline.

Hunters must be able to verify the sex and species of the animals they take in order to ensure hunting has complied with the Wildlife Act.

Kline said the Conservation Officer Service will be carrying out more checks before the end of October.

“It’s a busy time for the elk and moose seasons.”

The Service encouraged citizens to report poaching and other environmental violations to its hotline.