Charges of hunting with helicopter withdrawn

Charges of hunting with helicopter withdrawn

The Crown has withdrawn charges against two men charged a year ago with using a helicopter to hunt moose near South Twin Lake, north of Bishop's Falls.

Jeffrey Byrne and Daniel Byrne were scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, and there has been no explanation of the decision to halt proceedings.

The pair were charged in March 2016 with illegal hunting, after an investigation that began the previous December.

While a helicopter was seized from Newfoundland Hydro property in Bishop's Falls, the province's wildlife division said at the time the investigation was not directed at the company or its staff.

Canadian Helicopters, which owned the helicopter, said in December 2015 that one of its pilots was under investigation and the company was "co-operating fully."