Hunters fined $18,000 for hunting offences

    HANNA, AB, Aug. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Lucas Pawley, of Redmond, Oregon, the
sixth and final member of a party of American hunters charged with hunting
offences, pleaded guilty and was fined $3,000 in Hanna Provincial Court today
for exceeding the possession limit for White Fronted Geese, in violation of
the Migratory Birds Regulations.
    In June 2007, five other hunters in the party were fined $3,000 each for
exceeding the daily possession limit of White Fronted Geese. Fines for all six
hunters total $18,000.
    Mr. Pawley, along with hunting partners Todd Aaron Dailey, William
McCall, John Geshay, Freniel Castillo and Jason Rhode, are collectively
required to submit an article to a waterfowl publication about the offence and
the sentence imposed by the Court.
    Following a joint investigation by Alberta Fish and Wildlife and
Environment Canada wildlife officers in October 2006, the six hunters were
found to be in possession of 47 White Fronted Geese, far in excess of the
daily limit of three each for non-residents of Canada. Collectively, they were
over the daily bag limit by 24 geese, and in excess of their total possession
limit by 11 geese.
    Under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, the $18,000 in fines
imposed by the Court will be allocated to the Environmental Damages Fund. The
Fund, administered by Environment Canada, provides courts with a way to ensure
that financial penalties are directed to address environmental damages.
    The maximum penalty on summary conviction for each offence under the
Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, is a fine of $300,000, or six months
imprisonment, or both.

    (Egalement offert en français)

For further information:

For further information: Larry Ottmann, Wildlife Enforcement Division,
Environment Canada, (403) 292-4103, Cellular: (403) 861-6998

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