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Night Hunting Charges Net Six Vehicles

Six vehicles have been seized so far in 2010 relating to investigations of illegal night hunting, the province said Friday.

The most recent followed an investigation in the wee hours of Nov. 17 in the Duck Mountain area, in which officers responding to increased complaints of illegal hunting spotted a vehicle travelling along a provincial road and saw a light being shone from the vehicle towards adjacent fields and meadows.

Officers stopped the vehicle and both occupants were arrested at the scene, while the provincial Conservation Department’s newest canine team was able to help find “hidden evidence.” Guns and the vehicle being used were seized, the province said.

Hunting and firing guns at night can be very dangerous to nearby people, livestock and property, as it’s virtually impossible to see what’s in a fired bullet’s path, the province said.

People found guilty of night hunting can be fined up to $50,000 or imprisoned for up to a year or lose hunting privileges for up to five years. Since 1994, the province has been able to seize hunting equipment as well as vehicles used in the offence.

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