12/19/2015 08:35 EST | Updated 12/18/2016 05:12 EST

B.C. Moose Poacher Xin Yue Xiao Handed Hefty Fine

A Vancouver man has been found guilty of shooting a bull moose out of season in the back country near Merritt, B.C., leading to costly fines. 

"We're going to pull out the stops to investigate these things," said Conservation Officer Service inspector Dahl. "And when you do get caught it's going to be a serious penalty."

In 2013, two hunters spotted Xin Yue Xiao, 49, and a companion trying to load the carcass of a bull moose into the back of a pickup truck.

It was out of season to shoot bull moose, so the hunters took down their licence plate and called the conservation service.

This week, a provincial court judge found Xiao guilty of poaching the moose out of season and fined him close to $8,000.

But the largest financial hit comes from the civil forfeiture of the 2013 Ford Raptor truck he was driving.

Dahl said it's probably the most expensive moose ever shot in B.C. 

"I don't know of a single case where anybody was sanctioned ... in the neighbourhood of $37,000." 

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