September 13-20, 2004

U.S hunters fined $27K for violating federal, provincial wildlife laws

SASKATOON, SASK-Four hunters from High Point, North Carolina were fined $27,000 in Saskatoon Provincial Court after pleading guilty to nine charges under federal and provincial wildlife legislation, specifically Canada's Migratory Birds Convention Act and the Saskatchewan Wildlife Act. Arthur Corpening, John Corpening, Arch Schoch IV and Fred Ingram Jones were charged with violations which included taking a protected species, killing over the daily limit, and hunting with toxic (lead) shot. The charges were laid by Environment Canada and Saskatchewan Environment in October 2003, following a joint investigation of a waterfowl hunting trip the men took to north-central Saskatchewan. In addition to the fine, the four have been directed to donate $4,000 to the Environmental Damages Fund in exchange for the return of some equipment. An estimated $10,500 worth of other equipment, including firearms and clothing, was forfeited. The Environmental Damages is designed to make violators take responsibility for their actions; it also gives courts a way to guarantee that the money from penalties and settlements goes directly toward repairing the actual harm done.
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