Joint RCMP and Fish and Wildlife investigation

By Lori Larsen

December 17, 2020 - Joint RCMP and Fish and Wildlife investigation

A recent tip from a concerned rural resident regarding unlawful hunting activity, led to a major joint operation and investigation involving Bashaw RCMP and Camrose Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch (FWEB) that resulted in several charges being laid against long time residents of Camrose County and Ponoka County.

On Nov. 29, FWEB officers, supported by the Bashaw RCMP, executed a Judicially Authorized Search Warrant for a rural Camrose County property. 

As a result of the investigation and the execution of the Search Warrant(s) on the property and a vehicle, the following individuals, 63-year-old male,  Camrose County resident and 37-year-old male, Ponoka County resident (father and son)were jointly charged with the following:

  • Discharge Firearm from a Roadway
  • Provide False/Misleading Information to a Wildlife Officer.
  • Unlawful Possession of Wildlife.

The 37-year-old suspect was solely charged with the following:

  • Fail to Immediately Affix a Tag to Wildlife.
  • Fail to Retain Evidence of Sex/Species on Animal Carcass.
  • Fail to Submit Report of Kill and Deliver Head of Deer Within Specified Time. 
  • Trespass On Private Property.

The 63-year-old suspect was solely charged with the following:

  • Hunt Without a Licence.
  • Four Counts of Unsafe Storage of a Firearm. 
  • Trespass On Private Property.

The investigation involved the use of the Forensic Investigative Service from the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Services branch who conducted a forensic examination of the vehicle owned by the 63-year-old suspect which was used in the commission of the offence(s). 

“This investigation was an excellent example of our organizations collaboratively working together in response to a concerned member of the public making contact with us," said Bashaw RCMP  Detachment Commander, Sergeant Bruce Holliday.

"The Bashaw RCMP and the officers from the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch are in regular contact and are able to assist each other to the benefit of the members of our communities and the future of our natural resources”.         

The Bashaw RCMP and FWEB, encourage the public to report Criminal Activity through Crimestoppers at 1-800-TIPS (8477), or suspected poaching, or serious public land abuse to Report a Poacher at 1-800-642-3800. Anyone providing information can remain anonymous.