LLOYDMINSTER, Sask. - A Saskatchewan judge has fined two men a total of $21,000 for shooting at coyotes from a helicopter.
Court heard a father and son were shooting at the animals southeast of Maidstone near Lloydminster in early 2012.
Wildlife officials received a tip about the shooting on the Turn in Poachers phone line.
Erick and Jan Alsager were each convicted of the provincial offence of using an aircraft to hunt wildlife and were fined $10,500 each.
Jan Alsager was also found guilty of obstructing a peace officer, a Criminal Code charge, and received a suspended sentence and one year of probation.
The judge suspended Erick Alsager's hunting licence for one year and Jan Alsager's licence for two years.
A shotgun and ammunition were seized and forfeited to the Crown.
Saskatchewan Environment official Kevin Callele says hunting from the air is a serious safety concern.
"Shooting from a helicopter is illegal from a wildlife perspective and incredibly dangerous to other humans on the ground."
Via Wildlife Margrit