Two Invermere males were arrested in Kimberley in the early hours of Thursday, February 27th after being observed damaging deer cull traps.
Kimberley RCMP received a report of the suspects damaging a clover trap, meant to immobilize deer before a contractor culls the animal with a bolt gun, before fleeing to a vehicle. The RCMP obtained a vehicle description, and soon afterwards Cranbrook RCMP members located the vehicle on side road south of Kimberley. Two males were arrested around 2:30 a.m. and were taken into custody. A search of the vehicle located several items police believe were used to damage the traps.
That was followed by a police dog search, which located netting from the traps hidden in the bush near where the subjects were arrested. Four traps were damaged; the subjects are facing charges of mischief and wearing a disguise while committing an offence.
The two males from Invermere will go before a Judicial Justice of the Peace by way of teleconference later today, Friday, February 28th.
The Valley Echo continues to follow up on this breaking story.