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Kristopher Brophy, Michelle Haseloh: 131 Poaching Charges Laid Against Alberta Couple

10/24/2012 11:46 EDT | Updated 12/24/2012 05:12 EST
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An Edmonton couple has been charged with a litany of poaching charges, including shooting wildlife in a farm, CTV News Edmonton reports.

Kristopher Brophy, 35, and Michelle Haseloh, 25, face 131 charges - including hunting with prohibited firearms and hunting without a licnese, CTV reports.

“There’s alleged offences from Drayton Valley, Devon, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain. So it’s a large area,” Fish and Wildlife officer Quentin Isley told CTV, adding the charges come in the heels of a three-moth investigation by fish and Wildlife officers.

Fish and Wildlife officials say some of the charges involve an elk farm where animals were allegedly hunted in captivity, reports http://www.canadianinquirer.net.

Dan Laville, a spokesman with the solicitor general’s office told the Edmonton Sun "poachers do pose a significant threat to fish and wildlife in Alberta.

“Those who offend can face significant penalties."

The pair, who are scheduled to appear in a Stony Plain provincial court room on Nov. 6, under the province’s wildlife act, face penalties that include thousands of dollars in fines and jail time.

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