Man fined for reckless hunting
A Carmacks man has been fined for careless hunting along the Klondike Highway.
In territorial court on Tuesday, Garry Shiner pleaded guilty to two counts of breaking the Wildlife Act.
In October of 2011, Shiner shot at a bull moose along and across a stretch of the highway near the Montague Roadhouse, between Carmacks and the Twin Lakes.
“Obviously, it’s a public safety concern,” said conservation officer Kris Gustafson. “If someone was driving along the highway, and they intercepted the path of the bullet, it could be tragic.
Given the bend and rise of the road, it was impossible for Shiner to see an incoming vehicle, said Gustafson.
“It’s a dangerous practice and most experienced hunters won’t do this kind of thing.”
The investigating conservation officer also found a freshly killed coyote at the scene. Shiner admitted to shooting the animal and wasting its pelt.
Shiner was fined $2,250, banned from hunting for a year and ordered to take a hunting education program.