Justice and Public Safety
November 18, 2016

Non-Resident Hunters Face Charges Following Investigation

Four non-resident hunters are facing charges of illegal possession of big game following an investigation by fish and wildlife enforcement officers which began on October 31 and resulted in the four individuals being detained on November 3. One of the four hunters is also facing charges of illegally applying in the resident big game licence draw and killing a big game animal without a valid licence.

The four individuals, all from Nova Scotia, were hunting in the Bay of Islands area. Following their apprehension, they were released with notice to appear in Provincial Court in Corner Brook on February 14, 2017.

The investigation continues and two other residents of Nova Scotia are also facing charges of illegally applying in the resident big game licence draw.

As a result of the investigation, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers seized a 2011 Ford F150 pickup truck, an ATV, eight quarters of moose, a rifle and other hunting equipment.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to protecting the province’s fish and wildlife resources and to ensuring they remain available for those who respect legislation concerning the proper management and conservation of wildlife.

The public can play a significant role in ensuring safe hunting practices and protecting wildlife by reporting any suspicious activity. This can be done anonymously and toll-free at any time, by calling 1-877-820-0999 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Anonymous online reports can also be submitted at www.stoppoaching.ca external linkor www.nlcrimestoppers.com external link

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Items seized following an investigation by Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers in the Bay of Islands area.

Media contact:

Jacquelyn Howard
Director of Communications
Department of Justice and Public Safety
709-729-6985, 689-2624

2016 11 18                              9:50 a.m.