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Two men penalized $13K for illegally murdering moose northwest of Kelowna, B.C.

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Key takeaways: 

  • Corey and Wayne Jopling of Vernon, B.C., were also prohibited from hunting for five years.
  • 1 of 3 moose was shot illegally northwest of Kelowna, B.C., on Nov. 12, 2019. 
  • On May 16, 2022, Wayne and Corey Jopling were condemned and deprived of their hunting licenses due to the happening.

Two men have been penalized a combined $13,000 and prohibited from hunting for five years collectively after murdering three moose illegally northwest of Kelowna, B.C., says the region’s Conservation Officer Service (COS).

Corey and Wayne Jopling of Vernon, B.C., both entered a request account and were sentenced to two counts of hunting without permission and one count of failing to pull edible pieces of meat.

The two men are connected, with Corey Jopling, Wayne Jopling’s nephew, stated the COS. According to the service, on Nov. 12, 2019, they were seen hunting in a lately logged forest northwest of Kelowna.

Neither of the men had restricted entry hunting authorization (LEH) to hunt antlered moose in the vicinity. According to the COS, just five approvals were handed out in that zone.

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Two men have been penalized a combined $13,000 and prohibited from hunting for five years collectively after murdering three moose illegally northwest of Kelowna, B.C., says the region’s Conservation Officer Service (COS)

“Neither man had an antlered moose LEH authorization. Therefore they could only hunt spike-fork antlered moose,” a COS report read. 

“Both men fired multiple shots at [three] moose, murdering all three. The moose killed all needed an LEH authorization to be harvested.”

According to the COS, only one moose was taken away, and the other two were left to rot. The two men were sentenced this week after an inquiry by the COS, which found bull moose antlers at Wayne Jopling’s house.

Wayne Jopling was requested to pay a $7,500 penalty to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and prohibited from hunting for three years. Corey Jopling was penalized $5,500 and banned for two years.

Source – cbc.ca

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