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Environment Canada

October 12, 2010 15:20 ET

Duck Poacher Receives Heavy Fines and Licence Suspensions

CARAQUET, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2010) - Paul-Andre David, age 23 of Pigeon Hill, New Brunswick pleaded guilty today in New Brunswick Provincial Court in Caraquet, for illegally hunting black scoters (large sea ducks) on New Brunswick's Acadian Peninsula. 

Mr. David received $6000 in fines under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 for hunting migratory birds during the closed season, for hunting from a power boat, and for possessing lead shot for the purpose of hunting migratory birds. 

Mr. David also pleaded guilty to two charges under the New Brunswick Fish and Wildlife Act and received a fine of $350. 

In addition to the fines, Mr. David is subject to a two-year prohibition against hunting migratory birds, or from being in the company of anyone hunting migratory birds. He was also ordered to surrender hunting gear to the Court.

An investigation by Environment Canada's wildlife officers resulted in the detection of this illegal hunting activity on April 3, 2010.

Environment Canada's wildlife enforcement officers enforce Canadian wildlife legislation which protects plant and animal species in Canada including migratory birds. These laws are enforced throughout Canada in collaboration with other federal departments, and provincial, territorial governments and national and international agencies and organizations.

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