Courtenay resident charged with hunting swans out of season and unsafe firearm storage and transport



    COURTENAY, BC, Nov. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Donald Hughes of Courtenay, British
Columbia, was charged today by federal Wildlife Officers of Environment
Canada's Wildlife Enforcement Division with violating the Migratory Birds
Convention Act, 1994 and the Criminal Code of Canada.
    Mr. Hughes is charged with illegally hunting and failing to retrieve
several swans in December, 2006 contrary to the Migratory Birds Convention
Act, 1994. It is also alleged that Mr. Hughes violated the Criminal Code of
Canada by unlawfully storing and transporting non-restricted firearms, as well
as unlawfully possessing and storing a prohibited handgun.
    The charges were laid by Environment Canada's Wildlife Enforcement
Division following an investigation conducted jointly with the British
Columbia Conservation Officer Service as well as the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police.

    The Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 is an Act that implements the
Convention for the Protection of Migratory Birds in Canada and the United
States. Environment Canada investigations ensure that companies, governments,
and the general public comply with legislation and regulations that protect
migratory birds.
    Environment Canada enforcement personnel conduct inspections and
investigations to protect Canada's wildlife and environment under the
authority of a number of Acts and Regulations including the Canadian
Environmental Protection Act, 1999; the Species at Risk Act (SARA); the
pollution provisions of Canada's Fisheries Act; the Migratory Birds Convention
Act, 1994 and Regulations; and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and
Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA).

    The Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 is available at:
    http://www.ec.gc.ca/EnviroRegs/Eng/SearchDetail.cfm?intAct=1010

    (Egalement offert en français)




For further information:

For further information: Micheline Brodeur, Senior Communications
Advisor, Environment Canada, (604) 713-9539; Marko Goluza, Federal Wildlife
Officer, Wildlife Enforcement Division, Environment Canada, (604) 666-9082


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