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Oct 28, 2020
TORONTO, Oct 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In Canada’s British Columbia, the mountainous West Kootenay region forms a rare inland temperate rainforest, where the Sinixt tribe has hunted game, fished for salmon and picked berries for thousands of years.
A decade ago, Rick Desautel followed in his ancestors’ footsteps as the tribe’s ceremonial hunter and shot a cow-elk to share with his fellow Sinixt descendants.
But the hunt broke provincial laws. Desautel was a U.S. citizen, not a Canadian resident, and he was hunting without a license.
He reported himself to authorities and was arrested.