Newfoundland and Labrador migratory bird hunters receive fines and jail time

CORNER BROOK, N.L. -- November 25, 2011 -- Curtis Crocker, age 51, and Fred Crocker, age 73, of Trout River, Newfoundland and Labrador, pleaded guilty today in Provincial Court in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador for violations under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994.

Fred Crocker was fined $500 for hunting migratory birds during closed season. He received an additional fine of $500 for being in possession of migratory birds without a permit. As well, he was fined $500 for transporting migratory birds without at least one fully feathered wing attached. A fully feathered wing must remain attached to ensure Enforcement officers are able to readily identify the species of migratory bird.

Curtis Crocker was sentenced to four days in jail for each of three violations under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, to be served concurrently, as well as three months probation. He pleaded guilty to hunting migratory birds during closed season, being in possession of migratory birds without a permit, and transporting migratory birds without at least one fully feathered wing attached.

In addition to jail time, Curtis Crocker was ordered to surrender his firearm to the Crown as well as seven migratory birds. He is also prohibited for five years from hunting migratory birds, or from being in the company of anyone hunting migratory birds.

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