12/13/2017 12:35 EST | Updated 12/15/2017 14:42 EST

Alberta MLA Derek Fildebrandt charged with illegal deer kill on private land

EDMONTON — An Alberta member of the legislature who is already dealing with charges of hit and run is facing a new accusation of illegally shooting a deer.

Derek Fildebrandt, the Independent member for Strathmore-Brooks, has been charged with unlawful possession of wildlife and entering  private land without permission.

Alberta Justice says fish and wildlife officers were called Nov. 4 about a deer shot in a field near Sundre in west-central Alberta without permission from the landowner.

Fildebrandt is to appear in court Feb. 2 in Didsbury. He is not taking issue with the charge.

In a statement issued Wednesday, he said he didn't realize he was on private land when he shot the animal. He apologized to everyone involved and has donated the deer meat to a food bank.

"I took full responsibility in my conversation with the owner and fish and wildlife officer and am deeply sorry for the accident," said Fildebrandt.

He is due in Edmonton provincial court in Monday for a verdict on a charge of hitting a neighbour's van in June 2016 and then driving away. He has told court he didn't do it.

The hit-and-run charge was one of a trio of revelations that forced Fildebrandt earlier this year to quit the caucus of Alberta's new United Conservative Party and sit as an Independent.

Fildebrandt, known as an acerbic, take-no-prisoners, bulldog defender of the public purse, was also found to have been subletting on Airbnb his taxpayer-subsidized accommodation in Edmonton and double-expensing some meals.