March 6, 2006

Five Quebec residents convicted on wildlife charges in Alberta

WAINWRIGHT, ALTA-A Quebec-based poaching ring operating in Alberta was broken up after five people pleaded guilty in Alberta provincial court in Wainwright to violating provincial and federal wildlife regulations. They were fined a total of $26,750 and all five have been barred from hunting in Alberta for five years. The charges against the five Quebec residents included unlawful possession of wildlife, wasting the edible meat of a big game animal, transporting illegally taken game across provincial boundaries and obtaining hunting licences when ineligible. The offences involved white-tailed deer and mule deer. In most instances, only the antlers had been taken, not the carcasses of the deer. The individuals charged were Rémi Poulin of St-Joseph-de-Beauce, Bernard Métivier of St-Nicolas, and Mario Pépin, Véronique Lévesque and Yvon Poulin, all of St-Benjamin. These convictions were the result of an investigation by the Fish and Wildlife Division of Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, with assistance from the Wildlife Enforcement Division of Environment Canada, Quebec Region. Saskatchewan wildlife officers also participated in the investigation. The hunting offences first came to light in November 2003, when wildlife officers in Saskatchewan intercepted Quebec residents poaching deer in that province and learned they were also operating as an organized network in Alberta.

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