Poachers face $35,000 in fines,10 year hunting bans

Two Yukoners and a pair of their relatives were handed more than $35,000 dollars in fines and 10-year hunting bans Monday.

Two Yukoners and a pair of their relatives were handed more than $35,000 dollars in fines and 10-year hunting bans Monday.

Yukoners Craig Vandenhoek and Andrea Schneider took their cousins Jeff and Greg Sereda hunting in the Yukon in 2011.

Vandenhoek and Schneider both obtained special guide licences so they could take their cousins out to bag some moose and caribou near Ross River.

According to the agreed statement of facts, they shot two bull moose but wasted some of the meat. They also shot a grizzly bear and a black bear, both of which were illegally killed in no-hunting zone near the Dempster Highway.

Schneider pleaded guilty to several charges under the Wildlife Act including wasting meat and providing false information on a kill report. She was fined $8,000 and given a 10-year hunting ban.

Vandenhoek, who pleaded guilty to two charges under the Wildlife Act, was handed a 10-year hunting ban, along with a $6,000 fine as well as an additional $900 victim surcharge.

Jeff and Greg Sereda were both banned from hunting in the Yukon for 10 years and were fined more than $20,000 combined.

Jeff Sereda had previously been fined $4,900 and given a one-year hunting prohibition in Saskatchewan for importing an illegally killed bear into the province.

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