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Alberta Game Warden Notebook - Case Closed

Listed below are only two concluded court cases from the "online" officer's notebook. If you would like to read all the wildlife and fisheries investigations and the final outcome of the court cases be sure to pickup your Alberta Game Warden magazine at your favorite bookstore. Or better yet, purchase a yearly subscription so you won't miss an issue.
  • Speeders nabbed heading home with the goods - Barrhead
  • Wouldn't take no for an answer - Barrhead
  • Provincial park deer hunt sends man to court - Medicine Hat
  • Man fined for shot and left deer - Medicine Hat
  • Road warrior almost shoots himself in foot - Medicine Hat
  • Search turns up illegal moose meat - Lac La Biche

Beyond the Border
  • First Prosecution under new law - Watson Lake, Yukon Territory
  • Radio Show lands pair in court - Liguria region, Genova, Italy
  • Search warrant uncovers firearms cache - Liguria region, Genova, Italy
  • Charges follow escape attempt - Moneglia, Genova, Italy
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Road warrior almost shoots himself in foot - Medicine Hat

While on patrol east of Medicine Hat, a wildlife officer activated his emergency overhead lights and prepared for a head-on stop of a vehicle. Just before the vehicle passed the marked Fish and Wildlife patrol unit, a loud bang was heard and the cab of the vehicle immediately filled with dust and smoke while steam began to roll out from under the hood.

The officer cautiously approached the vehicle and observed the passenger still working the bolt of his rifle, attempting to extract all live ammunition. When the driver rolled down his window, smoke and dust billowed from the cab. Both occupants of the vehicle were coughing, wide-eyed and could barely understand what the officer was saying.

William Griffin admitted to attempting to unload his gun when it went off. The muzzle was down and the bullet went through the floor of the truck, hit a shock and went through the radiator. Griffin was issued a specified penalty of $172 for having a loaded firearm in a vehicle.


First Prosecution under new law - Watson Lake, Yukon Territory

A British Columbia man has been fined a total of $5,000 after pleading guilty to unlawfully killing a moose in the Yukon.

Robert John Sandbach was charged under the Yukon Wildlife Act and Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPRIITA). He pleaded guilty to two counts under the Yukon Wildlife Act and one count under WAPRIITA on January 14, 1998, in Watson Lake court.

This marks the first time that Section 7(2) of the WAPRIITA legislation has been successfully prosecuted in Canada. This relatively new federal legislation has enabled wildlife officials to more effectively deal with wildlife crime.

The charges came after Sandbach unlawfully killed a moose in the Yukon, after getting a Yukon Resident Hunting License by providing false information, and subsequently transporting the moose from the Yukon to British Columbia in September, 1997.

Territorial court Judge Faulkner imposed fines of $500 for a non-resident obtaining a resident hunting license, $1,500 for unlawful hunting and $3,000 for inter-provincial transport of unlawfully taken wildlife.

Sandbach also received an automatic hunting license cancellation and was prohibited from obtaining a hunting license for the 1998 season. The moose meat and antlers were forfeited.

The prosecution was a joint investigation between Yukon conservation officers and federal game officers of Environment Canada.

We invite wildlife and fisheries enforcement officers from all jurisdictions to submit current and significant cases for inclusion in the Game Warden's Notebook segment of the publication. All details must be accurate public record. Please send the details and photographs of case files to:

c/o Jason Hanson
211 Provincial Building
Camrose, Alberta, Canada T4V 1P6