07/03/2015 08:57 EDT | Updated 07/03/2016 05:59 EDT

3 Alberta men fined thousands of dollars for selling meat from wild animals

EDMONTON - Three Alberta men have been fined tens of thousands of dollars after pleading guilty to charges of trafficking meat from wild animals.

Alberta Fish and Wildlife and Solicitor General officials said Friday that Edward L’Hirondelle of Redwater, Harold L’Hirondelle of Marlboro, and Norman L’Hirondelle of Edmonton all pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking meat from moose, elk, and deer.

Hunters who have licences and First Nations people with treaty rights are allowed to harvest big game meat, but it’s illegal to sell the meat.

Sources told investigators that wildlife was being illegally bought and sold in the Lac Ste. Anne area.

Officers seized 322 packages of moose and elk meat last July worth about $6,500 on the black market and $1,105 in cash.

Edward L’Hirondelle has been fined $6,900; Harold L’Hirondelle fined $8,415 and Norman L'Hirondelle must pay $27,240.

Three others have been charged with trafficking under the Wildlife Act and are expected to appear in a Stony Plain courtroom on July 8.

(CTV Edmonton)