Invermere men arrested after deer traps damaged in Kimberley

Provincially-owned clover traps damaged, two arrested early Thursday morning

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.