QUÉBEC, Feb. 26, 2019 /CNW/ - Enforcing Canadian environmental and wildlife laws is one important way that Environment and Climate Change Canada is taking action to protect wildlife and nature. Wildlife officers work in collaboration with other Government of Canada partners as well as territorial and provincial partners to ensure that law enforcement efforts are maximized.
Wildlife officers from Environment and Climate Change Canada, in collaboration with wildlife protection officers from the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec, put a stop to poaching of migratory birds in the region of Portneuf, Quebec.
Between September 4, 2018, and January 3, 2019, Vincent Nadeau‑Morissette (Armagh, Quebec); Stéphane Therrien (Grondines, Quebec); and Serge Therrien (Grondines, Quebec) all pleaded guilty to a total of 17 charges. They were sentenced to pay fines totalling $11,750. In addition, these three hunters are prohibited from hunting migratory birds for one year.
The main offences against the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, include exceeding the hunting limit, unlawfully possessing migratory birds, hunting without a permit, using an unplugged shotgun capable of holding more than three shells, using toxic shot, and hunting in an area where bait was deposited. This investigation led to the seizure of 32 green‑winged teals and toxic shot.
These offences took place on October 14, 2017, in Grondines, along the St. Lawrence River.
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- Led by Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers and Quebec wildlife protection officers from the Saint-Raymond de Portneuf office, this joint investigation was aimed at ensuring the compliance of migratory bird hunters.
- Under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, Environment and Climate Change Canada is responsible for protecting migratory birds, their nests, and populations and for regulating potentially harmful human activities that may affect them.
SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada
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