Operation Northern Fur leads to $20,000 in fines and a prohibition order for a Manitoba resident who illegally imported, exported, and transported wildlife

January 22, 2024 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Environment and Climate Change Canada

On January 10, 2024, Jeffrey Ross was fined a total of $20,000 at the Provincial Court of Manitoba after pleading guilty to four counts of violating the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA). The fine will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund. In addition to the fine, Ross was issued a prohibition order which prohibits him from exporting, importing, selling, purchasing, and trading any wild animal species or respective parts and derivatives and from applying for a permit under the Act, for three years.

The charges laid by Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers are a result of Operation Northern Fur, a three-year joint investigation conducted by Environment and Climate Change Canada, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Manitoba Conservation Officer Service. Operation Northern Fur’s goal was to dismantle a network of illegal wildlife trade activities both within Canada, and between Canada and the United States.

Operation Northern Fur resulted in charges for illegally importing, exporting, and transporting wildlife. In this case, some of the implicated animal parts were from a wolf and cougars, which are listed as Appendix II species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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