September 3-10, 2007

U.S. hunters fined $18K for violating migratory bird possession limits

HANNA, ALTA-Six American hunters have been fined $3,000 each, for a total of $18,000, for exceeding the possession limit for white-fronted geese, in violation of Canada's migratory birds regulations. 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. Five of the six were fined in June, the last at the end of August. Lucas Pawley, of Redmond, Oregon, along with hunting partners Todd Aaron Dailey, William McCall, John Geshay, Freniel Castillo and Jason Rhode, are also collectively required to submit an article to a waterfowl publication about the offence and the sentence imposed by the court. Under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, the $18,000 in fines imposed by the Court will be allocated to the Environmental Damages Fund. Administered by Environment Canada, the fund directs financial penalties toward activities that address environmental damages.

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