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Viscount Man Fined $3,930 for Illegal Trapping

Released on March 12, 2014

A Viscount man was fined $3,930 in Humboldt Provincial Court after pleading guilty to two counts under The Saskatchewan Wildlife Act and Regulations for illegal trapping and hunting.

Fernand Boivin was convicted of unlawful hunting and trapping without the consent of a landowner.  In addition to the fine, Boivin was given a two-year hunting licence suspension.

The charges were laid following an investigation by the Ministry of Environment in December 2012.  Humboldt conservation officers determined that Boivin was using unlawful trapping equipment, such as free hanging neck snares, at numerous sites to catch coyotes without the permission of the landowner.

“Laws around trapping are in place to make sure that our wildlife resources are protected,” Ministry of Environment Compliance and Enforcement Director Ken Aube said.  “We are pleased that the courts have imposed this significant penalty, sending the clear message that these resources are valued and will be protected.”

If you suspect wildlife, fisheries, forestry or environmental violations, call your local Ministry of Environment office, Saskatchewan’s toll-free Turn in Poachers line at 1-800-667-7561 or #5555 for SaskTel cellular subscribers, or report a violation online at www.saskatchewan.ca/conservation.  You may be eligible for cash rewards from the SaskTip Reward Program.

The Ministry of Environment provides science-based solutions, compliance and mitigation measures aimed at protecting the environment, safeguarding communities and helping to ensure a better quality of life for all Saskatchewan residents.

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For more information, contact:

Val Nicholson
Environment
Prince Albert
Phone: 306-953-2459
Email: val.nicholson@gov.sk.ca

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