Alleged moose riders make first court appearance in Fort Nelson

Two Fort St. John men charged with harassing wildlife after they filmed themselves jumping onto the back of a moose on a lake near Fort Nelson made their first court appearances on Aug. 8.

Bradley Dale Crook and Jaysun Allan Pinkerton had the matter adjourned to a Sept. 12 court date to allow time to consult with legal counsel.

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In June 2015, the B.C. Conservation Officer Service was forwarded a video of a man jumping from the prow of a boat onto the back of a swimming moose and riding it for several seconds. Wolftracker TV, a conservation group, posted the video on YouTube, generating national media attention. As of this post, the video had more than two million views.

The men have been charged with harassing wildlife with the use of a boat, attempting to capture wildlife and “hunting big game that is swimming.”

The charges have not been proven in court.

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