Newspaper article The Canadian Press

5 Albertans Guilty of Killing, Leaving 4 Trophy Bighorn Rams to Spoil

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

5 Albertans Guilty of Killing, Leaving 4 Trophy Bighorn Rams to Spoil

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5 Albertans guilty of illegal hunting

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HINTON, Alta. - Five Alberta men have been found guilty of illegally hunting, killing and leaving four trophy bighorn rams to spoil.

The five pleaded guilty this week in provincial court in Hinton, about 285 kilometres west of Edmonton.

The investigation began in August 2013 after a complaint alleging trespassing and hunting in the boundaries of a reclaimed mine site that has been closed to hunting and entering for the past 30 years.

A Fish and Wildlife officer found a vehicle with five men inside.

The five denied hunting or shooting anything on the mine site, but DNA samples were recovered and subsequent investigation found the they all killed the bighorn rams within the reclaimed site. …

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