‘Reckless’: Alberta judge fines B.C. man $6,000 for catching trout in national park
An Alberta judge fined a B.C. man $6,000 Wednesday for illegally catching eight cutthroat trout in Banff National Park as part of a YouTube survival challenge nearly four years ago.
Outdoor survivalists Greg Ovens of Canal Flats, B.C., and Zachary Fowler, an American citizen, filmed part of the “30 Day Survival Challenge in the Canadian Rockies” YouTube video series in the national park in July 2019.
Parks Canada wardens laid several charges in February 2022 against both men, who met while they were contestants on the History Channel TV show “Alone.”
Warrants are outstanding for Fowler, but Ovens agreed to plead guilty to a single charge of illegal fishing under the National Parks Act.
Justice Eric Tolppanen of the Alberta Court of Justice disagreed with the Crown position that the accused was attempting to financially benefit from his actions.
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