A person from Nicolet receives a penalty of $5,000 for violating the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994

October 10, 2019 – Trois-Rivières, Quebec – Environment and Climate Change Canada

On June 17, 2019, Raymond Faucher (of Nicolet) appeared at the Trois-Rivières courthouse to face a summary conviction charge for violating the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994. He was fined $5,000, and his migratory bird hunting licence was suspended for one year after he pleaded guilty to possessing a crossbow in the Nicolet Migratory Bird Sanctuary to hunt white-tailed deer.

On October 26, 2017, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s enforcement officers joined wildlife protection officers from Quebec’s department of forests, wildlife, and parks on an inspection patrol in the Nicolet Migratory Bird Sanctuary. On Moras Island, the officers discovered a metal lookout positioned above a feeding area. Two weeks later, the officers went to Moras Island, where they apprehended Mr. Faucher while he was hunting. Mr. Faucher did not have a licence to possess a crossbow in the migratory bird sanctuary.

The fine and the summary conviction charge take into account the fact that the Nicolet Migratory Bird Sanctuary is located in the National Defence’s Munitions Experimental Test Centre, where unauthorized access to the public is strictly prohibited for security reasons.

In addition to the fine, Raymond Faucher was ordered to pay three administrative monetary penalties totalling $600 after no-hunting zone posters were found at his residence. The Migratory Birds Regulations state that no person shall deface, tear down, or damage a poster, notice, or sign that has been erected pursuant to these regulations.

The total fine will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund.

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