A hunter who attempted to use a native man as cover for his crime was fined $7,500 in provincial court Thursday.
Judge Stephen Harrison said the vast majority of hunters abide by the rules and the courts must denounce those who would cheat the system.
Waldemar Sancewicz, 50, was found guilty in July of unlawful possession of wildlife and making a false statement to an officer. He was pulled over by an RCMP member — and former conservation officer — in December 2011 with moose carcasses in the back of his truck.
He first claimed the meat was deer and told the Mountie he was only doing his passenger, a native man, a favour by transporting it out of the bush.
Harrison found Sancewicz recruited the First Nations man as cover in case he was stopped. That man, Rolland Johnson, confessed to the RCMP member and said in court he was paid $150 to come along and claim the moose in case they were stopped.
Judge Harrison also said native rights to hunting were hard won and shouldn’t be subject to the kind of false claims used by Sancewicz.
Of the $7,500 fine, $5,000 will be directed to the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund.