WINNIPEG – Manitoba Conservation officials say there’s been a dramatic rise in illegal hunting.
In 2016, authorites laid 44 night hunting charges proceded by five dangerous hunting charges.
That’s a significant increase compared to 2015, when there were 25 night hunting charges and zero dangerous hunting charges.
Officials seized 14 vehicles last year, compared to six in 2015.
There were 44 long-barrel rifles and shotguns confiscated as well.
Manitoba Conservation received over 400 reports of night hunting, dangerous hunting and hunting on private property without permission.
As a result of the increase in illegal hunting, the government will be stepping up enforcement in 2017.