RCMP hunt poachers

Rimbey Mounties have arrested three individuals west of Rimbey for hunting elk at night.

  • Nov. 20, 2013 4:00 p.m.

Rimbey Mounties have arrested three individuals west of Rimbey for hunting elk at night. A 17-year old male from Rimbey and two adults from Alhambra have been charged.

RCMP issued the following statement regarding the arrests:

On Sunday, November 17, 2013, at approximately 9:30 p.m., an alert citizen contacted police to report a suspicious truck driving on Leedale Road near Highway 766 without any headlights on.

Officers quickly responded to the scene as this is known to be a highly targeted area by poachers who hunt at night.

Within minutes police stopped a Dodge truck driving on Leedale Road where elk could be seen in the field by the moonlight.

When the officer approached the vehicle, he observed the front passenger holding a spotlight with a loaded rifle in his possession. The driver and back passenger also had loaded high-powered rifles.

All occupants of the vehicle, including the 17-year-old driver, had been drinking.

The subsequent investigation found that the driver had shot at a bull elk from the roadway with a scoped rifle near a residence at night while the passenger utilized a spotlight so the shooter could see the elk better. It is not known at this time whether the bull elk was wounded or not as the investigation into this matter continues.

Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers were in the immediate area and also quickly responded and assisted the RCMP in this case.

In total, police laid 14 charges for Wildlife Act, Traffic Safety Act and Liquor Act offences, including hunting in a dangerous manner, hunting at night, discharging a firearm from a roadway, hunting while impaired and hunting on occupied land without permission. Police seized the pickup truck as well as the three rifles. The driver has had his operator’s license suspended for 30 days for driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol.

In this case, the offences took place only one mile from where two large bull moose were shot and left to rot and only their antlers taken by poachers last November. That case still remains unsolved.

The RCMP will continue to aggressively target individuals involved in illegal activities and will use every possible tool and agency available.

The RCMP wishes to remind those that are involved in criminal activity that any assets used to a commit crime will be seized as offence related property.

Rimbey Mounties and Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers have been diligently working together in partnership to put an end to the frequent poaching in the area.

Officers have proactively approached landowners and asked them to immediately call police or Report a Poacher at 1-800-642-3800 to report suspicious persons or vehicles.

 

Just Posted

New Democrats would bring in $25 daycare if re-elected: Notley

Notley said the plan would include adding 13,000 daycare spaces

Supporters rally for Jason Kenney as UCP leader stops in Red Deer

Kenney promises equalization reform, stopping ‘Trudeau-Notley’ payroll hike, trade, economic mobility

WATCH: Fashion show highlights Cree designers

The fashion show was part of a Samson Cree Nation conference on MMIW

Rimbey RCMP need help identifying vandals

Plus, GPS in stolen vehicle helps locate it and the suspect in Red Deer

Ponoka Chamber to host election forum

All-candidates forum for Lacombe-Ponoka set for March 28 at the Ponoka Legion

Edmonton judge rules Omar Khadr’s sentence has expired

Eight-year sentence imposed in 2010 would have ended last October had Khadr remained in custody

Sources say Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s conservative pick for high court

Wilson-Raybould said Monday “there was no conflict between the PM and myself”

Social media comments continue to dog ranks of United Conservative candidates

Eva Kiryakos was running in Calgary-South East in the April 16 vote

Apple announces its long-awaited streaming TV service

The iPhone has long been Apple’s marquee product and main money maker, but sales are starting to decline

Trudeau delivers campaign-style speech while introducing candidate Taggart

The Order of British Columbia recipient said she wants to be the people’s voice in Ottawa

15 Canadians on cruise ship that was stranded off Norway; one injured

The cruise ship was carrying 1,373 passengers and crew when it issued a mayday call on Saturday afternoon

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Most Read