Newfoundland and Labrador murre hunter receives fine and hunting suspension

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PORT AUX BASQUES, N.L. -- November 21, 2011 -- Kevin Hardy, age 59, of Burnt Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador, pleaded guilty in Provincial Court in Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador, to violations under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994. 

Hardy was fined $500 for hunting migratory birds, specifically murres, without a migratory bird hunting permit.  He is also prohibited for one year from hunting migratory birds, or from being in the company of anyone hunting migratory birds.

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