Two Quebec hunters fined a total of $10,000 for offences under federal wildlife law

Joliette, Quebec – September 4, 2018 – Environment and Climate Change Canada

Enforcing Canadian environmental and wildlife laws is one important way that Environment and Climate Change Canada is taking action to protect wildlife and nature.

On August 17, 2018, Jeannot Pellerin and Yannick Boisjoly, of Lavaltrie, pleaded guilty in the Joliette Courthouse to one count each of unlawful interprovincial transport of big game (moose) from New Brunswick to Quebec, an offence under the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act. Pellerin and Boisjoly were each ordered to pay a penalty of $5000, which will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund.

The charges stemmed from an investigation under Operation Commicerf, a long-term investigation and major anti-poaching operation led by the Province of Quebec’s Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs. Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers participated in gathering evidence of federal violations, including the illegal transport of animals across provincial boundaries (in this case, moose) by Pellerin and Boisjoly. Pellerin and Boisjoly also pleaded guilty to separate charges under provincial legislation.

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