Sask. man charged after trying to cut off beaver's tail: RCMP

A beaver is pictured on the shoreline of Bear Creek in Grande Prairie, Alta., in this April 12,...

A beaver is pictured on the shoreline of Bear Creek in Grande Prairie, Alta., in this April 12, 2014 file photo. (JESSE THOMAS/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:36 PM ET

A Saskatchewan man has been charged under the province's Wildlife Regulations Act after allegedly trying to kill a beaver and cut off its tail.

Mounties were called to the Main St. in Watrous at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a complaint about a beaver walking down the street.

Officers located the beaver, which had multiple injuries, and one Mountie shot and killed it "to prevent further prolonged suffering."

The officers discovered an adult man had attempted to kill the beaver and "was actively trying to cut its tail off," a release said.

The RCMP said its believed the man was trying to kill the beaver as part of a beaver control program in the Regional Municipality of Morris, which includes the community of Watrous.

The man was charged with hunting within 500 metres of a building without the building owner's permission. The voluntary payment option is a $480 fine.


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