have passed the buck: Camrose District
Bashaw men should have passed the buck when they decided to poach a mule
On Nov. 26,
2001, Camrose conservation officers received an anonymous call detailing
the illegal hunting activity of Derick Trautman of Bashaw. The anonymous
caller described circumstances surrounding an incident in which Trautman
shot and killed a mule deer buck. Further investigation revealed that
Trautman did not have a valid 2001 hunting licence.
obtained a search warrant that was executed at Trautman's residence on
Nov. 29, 2001, by conservation officers and Bashaw RCMP.
at the residence, officers discovered a 30-30 calibre rifle and ammunition
on the seat of Trautman's truck, which would later be forfeited to the
Crown. Trautman was located in the residence. Officers seized five firearms
that were found in various locations in the residence. Officers also discovered
a plastic bag on the deck containing meat. Trautman admitted that the
meat belonged to the mule deer in question. The head and cape were found
in a shed on the property and the rest of the carcass was found in a field
behind the shed.
In a statement
provided to officers, Trautman admitted that Richard Weatherill accompanied
him on Nov. 21 when he shot and killed the mule deer in an area west of
Bashaw. Weatherill is a BC resident currently working in Alberta, and
did not possess an Alberta hunting licence.
19, and Richard Weatherill, 18, appeared in Stettler provincial court
on Jan. 24, 2002, and plead guilty to hunting without a licence, and to
illegal possession of a mule deer. Judge H.D. Gaede ordered the men to
pay total fines of $2,300 and forfeited Trautman's 30-30 rifle. The five
other firearms were ordered returned, once the owners obtained firearms
closed on fish traffickers: Lac La Biche District
trial brought to a close a case of illegal trafficking in whitefish on
Beaver Lake last year, in which more than $18,000 in fines were assessed.
On Jan. 14,
Judge D.E. Demetrick heard a trial involving the illegal purchase of nearly
100 whitefish that had been caught in Indian domestic nets set on Beaver
heard that on Jan. 19, 2001, Lac La Biche conservation officers conducted
a patrol on Beaver Lake. Three Indian domestic nets were located on Beaver
Lake near the Spruce Point boat launch. The nets were identified to be
lawfully set, under licence, by Leo Mountain, Irvin Gladue and Myrna Moses.
Surveillance indicated that the three nets were pulled and reset into
the lake at 6:55 p.m.
On Jan. 20,
2001, another patrol was conducted on Beaver Lake and this time officers
observed Mountain, Gladue and Moses pulling and resetting their nets,
catching 45 whitefish. The officers noted that the three people were driving
a green 1998 GMC 4X4 truck.
observed the suspect vehicle as it left Beaver Lake and stopped at Mountain's
residence on the Beaver Lake Indian Reserve for a short period of time.
After departing the residence, the subjects went into Lac La Biche where
they fueled up and headed out of town northbound on Highway 881. The suspect
vehicle then turned west on Secondary Highway 858 and then north into
the yard of Anfim Egoroff. The suspect vehicle was then observed backing
up to the Quonset at the residence where the occupants unloaded whitefish
from the box of the truck. After making the stop at the Egoroff residence,
the suspect vehicle returned to Lac La Biche.
6:10 p.m., Egoroff and his wife drove into the yard of their residence.
A warned statement was taken at this time, and officers obtained authority
to search the quonset. A total of 99 whitefish were recovered from three
large freezers located behind the building in the yard. Egoroff confirmed
in a warned statement that he had purchased the 99 whitefish from the
suspects in the green GMC truck for the sum of $150 cash that afternoon.
The whitefish were subsequently seized and Egoroff was charged for unlawfully
all of the circumstances of the case, Judge Demetrick convicted Egoroff
of the charge and ordered him to pay a fine of $1,500.
of the three other individuals involved; Leo Mountain, 31, Irvin Gladue,
28, and Myrna Moses, 32, were decided a year ago on April 30, 2001. The
charge against Moses was eventually withdrawn, but the other two received
significant penalties that totaled $17,000. Each was ordered to pay $8,500