Seven people have been arrested as the province cracks down on illegal night hunting in Manitoba.
Conservation officers from several detachments were monitoring a region in southwestern Manitoba on Friday, December 9 after being tipped off via social media to big game animals being killed.
Ground patrol found two illegally killed elk south of Shilo.
Officers spotted a suspect vehicle with a spotlight being used at around 11:15 p.m. The suspects were on a dead-end and blocked in, resulting in three males being arrested.
Officers seized a 2002 Ford F-150, three rifles, a spotlight and other hunting gear.
On Monday, December 12, four more males were arrested as the result of an organized patrol effort by law enforcement officials.
An aircraft spotted a suspect vehicle northwest of Glenboro with a spotlight being used. Ground units drove to the hunters’ location and tried to stop the vehicle, but it drove around the patrol vehicle and fled.
The suspects later lost control around a curve and drove into a snow-packed ditch.
A 1995 GMC truck, two rifles, a spotlight, one freshly killed deer, other hunting gear and a set of illegal brass knuckles were seized.
The investigation into both cases continues and charges are expected to be laid at a later date.
To report illegal hunting or a natural resources violation, call the Turn In Poachers (TIPS) line toll-free at 1-800-782-0076 or contact the local Manitoba Sustainable Development office during regular business hours. Callers can remain anonymous.