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

UPDATE: Highway 2 lanes were closed due to milk truck fire near Millet

A southbound truck hauling milk and cartons collided with a bridge

Ponoka Airport taxiway improvement costs overrun

The $328,000 project increased to $359,000, gravel cited as main reason for the increase

Ponoka County council looks at how it sees collaboration

County wants separate negotiations with Ponoka, Rimbey

Ponoka County can be a key in traffic safety

Traffic safety presentation focuss on Vision Zero and how county can help

Web Poll: Ponoka News readers think minimum wage increase will hurt the economy

Out of 35 votes, 26 think the minimum wage increase will hurt Alberta’s the economy

WATCH: Ponoka residents enjoy first skate on ice path

A community initiative helped create a skate path for families in Ponoka.

B.C. out of the running for Amazon’s next headquarters

Toronto is the only Canadian city left in the running despite the province backing Metro Vancouver’s bid for new Amazon headquarters

Post interest rate hike debt tips

What to do about your debt and mortgages after the interest rate hike

Foreign workers sleeping in Alberta Burger King basement

Alberta Health Services said its inspectors found foreign workers sleeping in the basement of the Lethbridge restaurant

Court application halts release of bread price-fixing documents

Bread price-fixing documents won’t be unsealed Thursday, Loblaw says

Pharrell and N.E.R.D to headline NBA All-Star halftime show

11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip hop-rock band N.E.R.D. will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles

Heritage Minister wants zero tolerance for harassment in entertainment industry

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly had two meetings to discuss harassment in the film, TV and theatre worlds

Newly freed Diab wants reforms to Canada’s ‘lousy’ extradition law

French authorities dropped terrorism charges against Hassan Diab who was suspected of taking part in an attack in Paris in 1980

Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege

The argument was laid bare this week during Steve Bannon’s interview with the House Intelligence Committee.

Most Read