A man has been fined $14,000 for killing nuisance animals around his Tie Lake property.
Conservation Officers were called to a residential area in September 2016, when neighbours heard a gun shot and saw an injured white-tailed deer run away from a home.
Frank Velba told responding CO’s that he shot the animal because it was eating his flowers.
Witnesses told authorities the dear suffered for approximately 20 minutes before finally passing away.
Although Velba, who is now 73, admitted to shooting the animal, he did lie to them when he claimed he only used a pellet gun which he handed over to officers.
An investigation revealed he used a .22 caliber rifle; which was unlicensed and possessed illegally.
Authorities also discovered the defendant killed a black bear on his property in 2015 and buried it with the help of a friend without telling CO’s.
Velba pleaded guilty to five charges under the Wildlife Act in March.
In addition to the fine, approximately $6,500 of which will be donated to a wildlife conservation fund, the 73 year old has been prohibited from owning a firearm or hunting for five years.
Judge Lynal Doerksen called the incidents involving the bear and deer “disturbing” and said the “evidence is overwhelming”.
Doerksen condemned Velba’s actions as deceitful and suggested the circumstances against him could have been much worse, and he could have faced criminal charges.