Fines handed down for wildlife vi­o­la­tions in Harbour Grace court

The Compass - - League -

A num­ber of in­ves­ti­ga­tions con­ducted by wildlife en­force­ment of­fi­cers in New­found­land have re­sulted in thou­sands of dol­lars in fines as well as pro­hi­bi­tions for the vi­o­la­tors.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease is­sued by the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Land Re­sources on Nov. 28, an in­di­vid­ual was con­victed and fined $1,000 for illegal pos­ses­sion of big game at Harbour Grace Pro­vin­cial Court on Oct. 1.

The con­vic­tion stemmed from an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cers con­ducted in May af­ter re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion about a poached moose near the North Harbour high­way.

A search war­rant of a res­i­dence in Branch re­cov­ered a quan­tity of meat that matched DNA sam­ples taken from the kill site.

The in­di­vid­ual was also pro­hib­ited from ap­ply­ing for a big game li­cence for five years.

Also at Harbour Grace Pro­vin­cial Court on Oct. 1, an in­di­vid­ual was con­victed for tak­ing more than one moose on a big game li­cence.

The con­vic­tion was the re­sult of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion that started in Jan­uary 2017 when an of­fi­cer pa­trolling on snow­mo­bile in the Peak Pond area dis­cov­ered two moose that had been shot and aban­doned.

The of­fi­cer then en­coun­tered five in­di­vid­u­als with another moose that had been shot and tagged.

Through foren­sic anal­y­sis of bul­lets re­cov­ered from the car­casses, of­fi­cers matched a firearm to one of the an­i­mals that had been shot and aban­doned, the re­lease in­di­cated.

The in­di­vid­ual was fined $1,000 and is pro­hib­ited from hold­ing a big game li­cence for five years.

Ad­di­tion­ally, a gun and am­mu­ni­tion were for­feited.

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