December 14, 2010

Manitoba Conservation advises it has laid a number of charges for
violations of the Wildlife Act and the Fisheries Act (Manitoba)
as the result of a five-month undercover investigation. The
undercover work culminated in a roadside stop just west of
Winnipeg recently, at which time two individuals from the
Amaranth area were arrested and a number of seizures occurred.

Through the course of the investigation, approximately 400 pounds
of fish, the head of a white-tailed deer and a vehicle were
seized. The individuals face nine charges relating to the illegal
sale and transportation of fish and the illegal sale of wildlife.
The two people are scheduled to appear in court in Winnipeg Jan. 6.

Manitoba Conservation’s newest canine team with service dog Rebel
was instrumental in assisting the officers in the recovery of
hidden evidence during this investigation. The province’s canine
units have specialized training in locating hidden evidence such
as weapons, fish and wildlife.

People convicted under the Wildlife Act face fines of up to
$50,000 or imprisonment for not more than one year or
both. People convicted under the Fisheries Act (Manitoba) face
fines not exceeding $100,000 or to imprisonment for not more than
six months or both. As well, items seized are subject to
forfeiture upon conviction.

The illegal trafficking of fish and wildlife for profit are
serious resource violations that have a direct and negative
impact on Manitoba’s resources, the department said.

So far in 2010, there have been eight vehicles seized in
connection with alleged illegal hunting activities across the

To report illegal hunting or a natural resources violation, call
the Turn In Poachers (TIPS) line toll-free at 1-800-782-0076 any
time or contact your local Manitoba Conservation office during
regular business hours. Callers do not need to give their name
and their identify will be protected at all times.

Information on wildlife laws in Manitoba can be found at

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