A waterfowl hunter who is somewhat of a celebrity is banned from hunting in Canada for the next three years and now owes more than $14,000 in fines.
Jeff Foiles of Illinois makes money by selling videos of his waterfowl hunts. His trial wrapped up on Wednesday in Edmonton, Canada. He faced charges of abusing birds after shooting them. This was not Foiles' first trial, as he already was charged in the United States and sentenced to 13 months in prison, fined $100,000, and banned from hunting for two years. His prison time in the United States starts on November 21st. Mr. Foiles pleaded guilty in September to cruelty to animals under the Criminal Code as well as to five offenses under the Migratory Birds Act. Those charges include exceeding the daily bag limit of ducks and geese, hunting birds from a power boat and not immediately retrieving and killing a wounded bird
Judge Richardson said the worst part of the case was that Mr. Foiles caused “gratuitous harm” to the animals. She added he may no longer be allowed to cross the border into Canada now that he has a criminal record.
Canadian investigators worked with officers from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for four years getting their case together and investigating Foiles' actions.
Mr. Foiles pleaded guilty in June in an Illinois court to two of 28 wildlife charges. Between 2003 and 2007, he guided hunts with his Fallin' Skies Strait Meat Duck Club and encouraged hunters to exceed their daily bag limits. Mr. Foiles and other workers then falsified hunting records.
Video footage shows Foiles mistreating the ducks while still alive. In one instance he covered the nostrils of a duck and asked "Is this how you wanted to die?" Good to see that justice has been done in this case. From The Globe and Mail .