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Moose shooting complaints abound in Kamloops

November 03, 2009 at 06:43 PM

KAMLOOPS, B.C. - Conservation officers in Kamloops, B.C., say they’re swamped with complaints of moose being shot and left in the bush.

Eight moose have been shot and left so far this season, all of them near Falkland, said conservation officer Steve Wasylik.

He said most of the animals have been bulls, but one cow was also killed.

The bulls had antlers with too many points. It is only legal to shoot spike-fork bulls - immature animals with small antlers sporting two or less points on one side.

Moose with three points or more on their beams cannot be shot unless someone has a limited-entry hunting permit authorizing the taking of any bull moose.

The spike-fork bull season closed Saturday.

Wasylik said officers have also recorded more incidents this year of hunters driving with loaded firearms in their vehicles.

Fourteen people have been charged with the offence, three times the usual annual amount, he said.

“We don’t know why that is.”

Wasylik said the Monte Hills region has become notorious in recent years for hunting problems, and enforcement in the large area is challenging.

Catching people who shoot an animal and walk away requires the co-operation of the public, mostly other hunters in the field, he said.

Officers have never charged people for making an honest mistake, as long as they take responsibility, Wasylik said.

There have also been a couple of incidents of illegally shot deer.

A two-point mule deer buck was shot and left on Greenstone Mountain on Sunday and a doe was illegally shot in the Jamieson Creek area.

As of Nov. 1, hunters are only allowed to shoot mule deer bucks with four or more points on each antler above the brow tine.

All white-tailed deer bucks can be shot. All local deer seasons run until Dec. 10. (Kamloops Daily News)

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