Couple faces 131 charges for alleged poaching
An Edmonton couple is facing over 100 charges for alleged poaching.
Fish and wildlife officers received a tip through the “report a poacher” program.
That led to an extensive investigation across central and northern Alberta.
“There’s alleged offences from Drayton Valley, Devon, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain. So it’s a large area,” said Fish and Wildlife officer Quentin Isley.
Earlier this year they laid 131 charges against Kristopher Brophy, 35, and Michelle Haseloh, 25.
The charges range from hunting with prohibited firearms and hunting without licenses to trafficking.
“The investigation covers charges from almost the entire gamut of the wildlife act,” said Isley.
Fish and wildlife officials said some of the incidents happened at an elk farm where the two are accused of hunting animals in captivity.
Officials call it one of the biggest alleged illegal hunting cases they’ve ever dealt with. Those with an organization that teaches responsible hunting call it rare.
“Someone who is a violator and who breaks the law and is not following the hunting regulations is a poachers,” said Kelly Semple with the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association. “They’re not a hunter,” she added saying she supports the charges.
If convicted, the charges could carry fines well into the thousands of dollars and possibly even jail time.
It’s expected the two will enter a plea at their next court appearance which is scheduled for early November.
With files from Bill Fortier