Dawson hunter fined

A Dawson City man has been fined $7,000 after an illegal bison hunt in 2011.

A Dawson City man has been fined $7,000 after an illegal bison hunt in 2011.

Sadie Jabbar pleaded guilty Tuesday to four charges under the Yukon’s Wildlife Act, including hunting by air.

Jabbar and a friend took a charter flight on October 31, 2011 when they spotted a group of bison near the Jarvis River about 35 kilometres northwest of Haines Junction.

That night the pair camped nearby and drove out on an ATV the next day.

Part of the trail they took was prohibited for ATV use, but Jabbar insists he never saw any signs.

After spotting the bison Jabbar and his friend Micah Olesh approached on foot.

Each man shot an animal.

The men say they did not approach their kills because the other bison would not leave the area despite warning shots and yelling.

They decided to come back the next day.

According to the agreed statement of facts, the events had been witnessed by other hunters who watched through binoculars.

When the kills were reported to wildlife officers Jabbar lied about the day it happened.

When the animal was collected the next day, the meat was spoiled.

Aside from the fine, Jabbar was also banned from hunting for five years.

Olesh pleaded guilty to his role in what happened. He was fined $6,500 earlier this year and received the same hunting ban.

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