First Nations men are served poaching charges for illegally hunting and harvesting moose on posted land.
After authorities received a tip from a landowner, two First Nations men from Manitoba have been charged with illegal hunting and possession of wildlife and other infractions related to the incident.
Georgie Lamirande and Charlie Boucher had crossed into Saskatchewan from Manitoba and illegally harvest three moose on private property. After receiving a tip from a landowner along with the plate numbers of two trucks used to transport the moose, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and conservation officers moved in on two homes at Pine Creek First Nations Reserve.
After an extensive warrant was executed on December 2015 on the homes, DNA was extracted from moose remains and became key evidence in an ongoing investigation. The DNA evidence, paired with eyewitness testimony and bullet casings recovered at the site, allowed for the charges of unlawfully hunting on posted land, unlawful possession of wildlife, and the illegal transporting of wildlife to another province to be laid.
The charges have not come without controversy, as some native leaders have accused the government of harassing aboriginal hunters and blocking them from their right to hunt traditional hunting regions that overlap provincial borders.
The two men have each received a fine of $7,500 for the hunting violations.