Illegal baiting for migratory birds nets large fines for hunters in Newfoundland



    ST. JOHN'S, Oct. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - An in-depth investigation by
Environment Canada's Wildlife Enforcement Division into the illegal baiting of
migratory birds and the use of electronic calls for the purpose of hunting
migratory birds has resulted in convictions and fines for four New Wes Valley
hunters.
    On October 15, 2007, Mr. Glenn Mouland, 37; Mr. Carl Hillier, 43;
Mr. Lawrence Winter, 53; and Mr. Michael Boland, 35, appeared in Gander
provincial court, to face charges laid by Wildlife Enforcement Officers under
the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994. They were convicted for contravening
subsection 14(1) of the Migratory Birds Regulations by hunting migratory game
birds within 400 meters of a place where bait was deposited, and
paragraph 15(1)(c) of the Migratory Bird Regulations by hunting migratory game
birds by the use or aid of a recorded bird call.
    Each hunter received a $1,000 fine for violating subsection 14(1) and a
$500 fine for violating paragraph 15(1)(c). All four have also been prohibited
from hunting or being in the company of anyone hunting migratory birds for one
year. In addition, four shotguns, two electronic bird callers, a large
quantity of shot shells and duck and goose decoys were ordered forfeited to
the Crown. Two all-terrain vehicles that were seized will be returned after
the fines have been paid in full.
    Conservation Officers from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
provided assistance in this investigation, which took place in the area of
Ragged Harbour River. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency conducted an
analysis of the corn bait for court purposes.
    Hunters are reminded to adhere to the regulations in the Migratory Birds
Convention Act, 1994. These regulations can be found on the Internet at
www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/legislations.
    The inland waterfowl season in Newfoundland and Labrador runs from
Saturday, September 15, 2007 to Saturday, December 29, 2007.

    (Egalement disponible en français)




For further information:

For further information: Ken Tucker, Wildlife Officer, Newfoundland and
Labrador, Wildlife Enforcement Division, (709) 535-0601; Environment Canada:
Media Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008


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