Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Yukon Man Who Killed Two Wolves Remains Unrepentant after Conviction

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Yukon Man Who Killed Two Wolves Remains Unrepentant after Conviction

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Yukon man who killed wolves remains unrepentant

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WHITEHORSE - A Whitehorse man who shot and killed two wolves in a residential subdivision has been convicted of breaking the Wildlife Act.

Clayton Thomas was found guilty on Thursday of hunting wolves in an area not permitted, careless use of a firearm and trafficking in wildlife, said Mark Radke, a lawyer for the territorial government.

Thomas has never contested the April 2013 killings, arguing he had an inherent aboriginal rights to hunt and trade wolves as a member of the Tahltan First Nation.

However, Radke said Judge Donald Luther ruled Thomas didn't prove those rights.

"He found there was no evidence the Tahltan had a history of hunting in the Whitehorse area," said Radke.

An agreed statement of facts filed by the Crown said Thomas shot the first wolf on April 17, 2013, and the second on April 23. …

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