12/03/2015 04:52 EST | Updated 12/03/2015 04:59 EST

Alberta Coyote Fur Sellers Caught After Suspicious Social Media Posts

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A coyote (Canis Latrans) stares into the distance in Colorado. (selective focus).

SASKATOON — Two Alberta men have received fines totalling more than $5,000 for wildlife violations in Saskatchewan that included the illegal sale of coyote fur.

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment says suspicious social media ads sparked an investigation that began in January of this year into the sale of coyote pelts harvested in the province.

The investigation led to three charges being laid under the province's Wildlife Act and Regulations.

Justin Wagner and Kyle Evans, both of Leslieville, Alta., pleaded guilty Nov. 16 in Saskatoon provincial court.

Wagner was fined $3,750 for selling fur animals without a licence and using another person's licence, while Evans received a $1,400 fine for not having a licence to sell fur animals.

Both men are also prohibited for one year from buying or holding any fur, bird or game licences in Saskatchewan.

All coyote pelts seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown.

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