Investigations by conservation officers with the Department of Natural Resources offices in Springdale and Baie Verte have resulted in the conviction of nine hunters for violations under the Wildlife Act.
Two individuals from Fleur De Lys appeared in Provincial Court in Baie Verte on January 5, 2011. The individuals were convicted of applying for a big game licence while under a five-year big game hunting prohibition. One individual was fined $1,000 while the other received a fine of $3,000. Both are prohibited from holding a big game licence for a further five years.
Five individuals from the areas of Pilley’s Island and Triton appeared in Provincial Court at Springdale on January 4, 2011. Each individual was fined $1,000 for illegal possession of big game and is prohibited from holding a big game licence for five years. Four quarters of moose meat were forfeited to the Crown.
As well, two individuals recently appeared in Provincial Court in Springdale. One received a $1,000 fine for transporting untagged moose meat, while the second individual received a $1,000 fine for illegal possession of moose meat. Both hunters are now prohibited from holding a big game licence for five years. Four quarters of moose meat and a firearm were forfeited to the Crown.
The Department of Natural Resources reminds all hunters to familiarize themselves with the legislation governing big game licences. The statutes and regulations can be viewed at http://www.assembly.nl.ca/legislation/sr/statutes/w08.htm .
The public is encouraged to report any information on illegal activity harmful to the province's natural resources to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-363-TIPS (8477). For further information on reporting illegal activity, please visit http://www.nr.gov.nl.ca/nr/forestry/enforcement/violation.html .