October 24, 2005

Wildlife trafficker fined $41K, sentenced to two years in federal prison

REGINA, SASK-A Yorkton area resident has been fined a total of $41,000 and will spend two years in jail after being convicted of 29 wildlife-related offences, including 15 for trafficking in wildlife. The offender also had his hunting and fishing privileges suspended for five years. The convictions included various trafficking, possession, import, export and hunting offences under Saskatchewan's Wildlife Act as well as the wild animal and plant protection regulation under the federal International and Interprovincial Trade Act. "The penalties in this case indicate that the courts are now recognizing the seriousness of environmental and resource management abuses and are prepared to deal with them accordingly," said Dave Harvey, Saskatchewan Environment's chief of enforcement and investigations. The province's wildlife resources generate millions of dollars in economic activity annually and are used by tourism operators, sportsmen and by Aboriginal people for sustenance.

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