Chances are you saw this viral video last June: a group of young men in a boat, somewhere in B.C.’s mountains chasing a frightened moose until one of them jumped onto its back.
“I’ve never seen something so awesome!” exlaims one, over the laughs of others, while the moose rider pumps his fist in the air.
But awesome wasn’t the word Conservation Officers used to describe it, and is certainly not how a pair of men from B.C.’s northeast are feeling today.
Deputy Chief Conservation Officer Chris Doyle explains investigators have tracked down a pair of the alleged culprits.
“COS was able to identify the lake that is in the video as Tuchodi lake near Fort Nelson, and as a result of the year long investigation a report to Crown Counsel was submitted recommending charges against two men.”
Jaysun Pinkerton and Bradley Crook, both Fort St. John residents, are now each facing three charges: harassing wildlife with the use of a boat, attempting to capture wildlife, and hunting big game that is swimming.
They’re due back in a Fort Nelson court August 8th.