Three men are facing a slew of illegal hunting charges after a three-year undercover investigation by the provincial government.
Manitoba Conservation says the men were illegally hunting moose, sometimes in a protected area, on the east side of Lake Winnipeg.
The department also alleges the trio tried to convince aboriginal hunters to say they killed the moose, as they would be protected under their treaty rights.
A 65-year-old from Manigotagan faces nine charges;
• Three counts of counselling to make a false statement in application for a licence contrary to Section 59 of the Wildlife Act,
• Possessing a moose or any parts of a moose that was killed in the conservation closure area,
• Hunting wildlife between half an hour after sunset and half an hour before sunrise,
• Using lighting for the purpose of hunting a vertebrate animal,
• Hunting big game with an electronically recorded animal call,
• Carrying or having a loaded firearm in a vehicle, and
• Possession of wildlife or part of any wildlife killed or taken illegally
A 44-year-old from the RM of St. Clements faces 5 charges including three counts of hunting and/or taking and/or killing a wild animal in an area of the province where prohibited, carrying or having a loaded firearm in a vehicle, and possession of wildlife or part of any wildlife killed or taken illegally.
Meanwhile, 74-year-old also from Manigotagan is facing 3 charges; hunting a moose in the conservation closure area, possessing a moose or any parts of a moose killed in the conservation closure area, and possession of wildlife or part of any wildlife killed or taken illegally.
Anyone with information about illegal activities is asked to call their local Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship Office.