Outfitter pleads guilty to unlawfully hunting
black bear: Fairview District
Outfitter-Guide pleaded guilty today in Fairview Provincial Court to
two counts of hunting black bear without a valid licence and one count
of using bait in a prohibited area.
In a plea
agreement, Kevin Shilka, 28, of Worsley, Alberta, was fined $10,005
for providing unlawful hunting trips to two groups of non-resident hunters.
Court Judge J.R. McIntosh heard that Shilka had purchased allocations
for six non-resident black bear licences valid in a Barrhead area Wildlife
Management Unit. He then contracted the black bear hunting trips to
two groups of non-resident hunters from Mexico and South Carolina.
officers monitored the purchase of allocations and suspected that the
outfitter might attempt to use the permits in the Worsley area where
his base camp operates. On May 22, 2000 conservation officers apprehended
Shilka and two non-resident hunters using the Barrhead area licences
near Worsley. Evidence gathered by the officers showed that the outfitter,
two of his guides and six non-resident hunters were hunting black bears
without valid licences and were using bait in an area where baiting
is prohibited to protect the grizzly bear populations.
of big game by non-resident hunters is carefully managed by Alberta
Environment through a system of allocations of hunting opportunities
to licensed outfitter-guides.
to the fine levied, Shilka's eligibility to obtain a recreational hunting
licence was suspended for a period of one year.