Estuary Islands National Wildlife Area Management Plan: chapter 8

8. Enforcement

The management of National Wildlife Area is based on three acts and the regulations thereunder:

  • the Migratory Birds Convention Act,1994 and the Migratory Birds Regulations;
  • the Canada Wildlife Act and the Wildlife Area Regulations;
  • the Species at Risk Act.

Environment Canada’s wildlife enforcement officers are responsible for ongoing surveillance of compliance with the acts and regulations and for conducting investigations, as required.
Here are some examples of activities that, if undertaken without authorization in National Wildlife Areas, may constitute offences:

  • Accessing the site;
  • Destroying or disturbing migratory birds, their nests or eggs;
  • Possessing a weapon or other instrument that could be used for hunting;
  • Picnicking, camping or engaging in any other recreational activity;
  • Lighting a fire;
  • Removing or damage any natural artefact, building, fence, poster, sign or other structure;
  • Dumping or depositing waste or substances likely to reduce the quality of the natural environment;
  • Letting a pet run free.
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