$27,350 IN FINES FOR SELL­ING IL­LE­GAL MOOSE MEAT

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Three Al­berta res­i­dents have pleaded guilty to il­le­gally sell­ing moose meat in Stony Plain court af­ter a lengthy in­ves­ti­ga­tion in which un­der­cover Fish and Wildlife of­fi­cers busted a wildlife traf­fick­ing ring. Eva Irene Jennie Potts, Ryan Mor­ley Grand­bois- Faulds and Daisy Fay Potts were fined a to­tal of $27,350. They are among six peo­ple con­victed of il­le­gal wildlife traf­fick­ing af­ter a lengthy in­ves­tiga- tion. In 2010, of­fi­cers re­ceived a tip that wildlife meat was be­ing sold il­le­gally around Lac Ste. Anne and launched an un­der­cover probe called Op­er­a­tion Pil­grim II. Of­fi­cers pose “as po­ten­tial buy­ers and sellers while in­ter­act­ing with sus­pected wildlife traf­fick­ers,” said Brendan Cox, a spokesman for Al­berta Jus­tice. Black-mar­ket de­mand puts pres­sure on an­i­mal pop­u­la­tions, he added.

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