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Four busted for spotlight hunting

By Portage Daily Graphic, Portage Daily Graphic

Ariel footage taken Dec. 12 2016. (Supplied photo)

Ariel footage taken Dec. 12 2016. (Supplied photo)

Three Portage la Prairie men and a man from Sandy Bay have been fined following numerous complaints of night hunting in 2016.

According to Manitoba Sustainable Development, acting on numerous complaints of night hunting in the Carberry area, 14 conservation officers and the chief constable of the Rural Municipality of Cornwallis police service conducted an aircraft-assisted night patrol in December 2016. At approximately 2:20 a.m. on Dec. 12, a vehicle on a municipal road near Glenboro was seen from the air using a spotlight.

The aircraft followed the vehicle and watched as a spotlight was used numerous times to light up a privately owned field in an area very near to private homes. Officers on the ground moved in an attempt to stop the vehicle however the driver refused. The driver then lost control of the vehicle and got stuck in a ditch following a short pursuit. Four men were arrested at the scene.

Three Portage men and a man from Sandy Bay, aged between 25-44, pleaded guilty to hunting vertebrate animals at night with lights.

They received fines totalling $4,000 and in addition, the vehicle, a 1995 Chevrolet Silverado, a rifle and various other pieces of hunting-related equipment were seized as part of the investigation.

Unsafe hunting is extremely dangerous and conservation officers continue to work to eliminate illegal night hunting. Anyone with information about illegal activities is asked to call their local Manitoba Sustainable Development office or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) line at 1-800-782-0076.

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