The Brooks Motocross Club and its executive director David French have been fined a total of $70,000 for a race that happened five years ago.
CBC is reporting the club earned the fines for an August, 2014 offroad race. During the event, authorities said riders crossed streams which were not properly bridged. Bull trout and at-risk westslope cutthroat trout were killed as a result of the lack of proper bridging, said the prosecution, who filed charges under the Fisheries Act and Species at Risk Act.
Provincial court Jerry LeGrandeur agreed, saying in a December 2018 decision “It is clear that, but for the race and the failure of Brooks Motocross Club to prevent or adequately mitigate the effects of the stream crossings, both species of fish died.”
The prosecution wanted to fine the club $70,000, and to fine David French $$40,000, says the Lethbridge Herald, while the defence wanted much more modest fines than what was handed out. In the end, the club was fined $45,000, and French was fined $25,000.
At this point, the club and French have 30 days to appeal the decision, and per the club’s Facebook page, “It is far from over.”