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Released on January 3, 2018A Star City man recently pleaded guilty in Melfort provincial court to five charges under the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act. An undercover investigation which started in 2014 found that a meat shop in Star City was illegally selling wild goose meat.
On five occasions between 2014 and September 2017, undercover officers visited the shop and were able to purchase wild goose meat.
David Tschetter, age 56, manager of Star City Produce and Meats, pleaded guilty to wildlife trafficking charges. He was fined $11,500 and ordered to process 159 kilograms (350 pounds) of seized goose meat into sausage that would be given to food banks in the Melfort area.
Trafficking in wildlife is illegal under federal and provincial legislation and is prevalent on social media sites and through illegal dealers. It is a practice that threatens local wildlife populations and steals opportunities away from legitimate hunters.
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/tip. You may be eligible for cash rewards from the SaskTip reward program.
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