A B.C. resident has received a $15,000 penalty for illegally providing guiding services during hunting expeditions.
According to the BC Conservation Service (COS), Kurt Walden Mohr pleaded guilty in Williams Lake provincial court to acting as a guide for game without having an appropriate guide outfitter license.
In 2016, the COS initiated an investigation after receiving information about illegal guiding services being provided to non-Canadians. The investigation determined Mohr was using the sale of his hunting dogs to facilitate illegally-guided hunts with clients in the Cariboo region.
Mohr is also prohibited from entering Crown land in Wildlife Management Unit 5-2, near Williams Lake, for 10 years – a unique condition referencing the area where the hunts took place.
He is also banned from entering any Crown land in B.C. in the company of a non-resident, if either of them is carrying a firearm.
“This was a significant investigation that put a stop to illegal business practices that impacted wildlife stewardship in the Cariboo region,” said COS Insp. Kyle Ackles, who oversees the General Investigations Section (GIS). “We hope this notable outcome will help deter others from similar activity.”
The majority of the penalty will go towards fish, wildlife and habitat initiatives in the Cariboo region via the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.