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Illegal hunting does not pay.
A Canadian has pleaded guilty to multiple counts under territorial wildlife law and was banned from hunting for eight years. Authorities had found he harvested elk from restricted areas in 2020 and 2021.
Authorities also fined Marc Meyer $11,000 in connection with incidents that occurred in September 2020 and October 2021, CBC reports. Meyer had pleaded guilty to two counts of hunting elk in an area where he was not licensed and one count of making a false or misleading statement.
In September 2020, Meyer was hunting in the Mendenhall area, west of Whitehorse.
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The areas are divided into zones, according to Canadian hunting laws. Hunters are only allowed to hunt in specific areas and must have the appropriate permits to do so.
Meyer had a license that allowed him to hunt in an area known as the exclusion zone. He knowingly harvested an elk from another area known as the core area, where this type of hunting is allowed, authorities said.
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He reportedly harvested another elk in the same area the following year.
After receiving a tip about Meyer’s actions, authorities discovered that he had attempted to make it appear that he had hunted and killed the elk in the appropriate area. This involved butchering the animal in the field, then driving the remains several miles and dumping them in the appropriate area.
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As a result of his plea, Meyer must relinquish the evidence the conservation seized during the investigation. This includes two shotguns and meat harvested from the elk.