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Maple Creek Resident Fined $3,200 for Running Down a Pronghorn Antelope

Released on January 11, 2017

A Maple Creek man recently pleaded guilty in provincial court for violations under The Wildlife Act and was fined a total of $3,280.

On October 23, 2016, an off-duty Ministry of Environment conservation officer was driving on a road approximately 25 kilometres southwest of Maple Creek when he noticed a side-by-side ATV driving back and forth in a field at a high rate of speed.

Using binoculars, the officer watched the ATV chase something, run it over and then stop.  The occupants then proceeded to load what looked like a pronghorn antelope into the box.

When the occupants became aware they were being watched, they took off in the opposite direction from the officer.  They stopped at a stand of trees and exited the ATV.  They returned to the ATV and then approached the off-duty officer where they had a brief conversation.  The driver, who also had three youths with him, told the officer to leave the area.

The officer drove away and contacted an on-duty officer.  Officers returned to the area and located a mature pronghorn buck in the trees where the ATV had stopped earlier in the day.

Jonathon Hofer, age 45, was charged with chasing a big game animal with a vehicle under The Wildlife Act, as well as waste of game.

Hofer also received a one-year hunting and trapping suspension from the date of conviction.

If you suspect fisheries, wildlife, forestry or environmental violations, please call your local Ministry of Environment office, Saskatchewan’s toll-free Turn In Poachers line at 1-800-667-7561 or #5555 for SaskTel cellular subscribers, or report a violation online at  You may be eligible for cash rewards from SaskTip Reward Program.


For more information, contact:

Ron Podbielski
Phone: 306-787-6595

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