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U.S. Hunter Charged With Violations While Hunting Waterfowl
EDMONTON, Alb. -- January 31, 2011 -- On January 27, 2011, Environment Canada laid 10 charges against Jeffrey Foiles, of Pleasant Hill, Illinois, under the Migratory Birds Convention Act,1994, and two charges under the Criminal Code.
It is alleged that Foiles committed violations while hunting and filming in Canada.
The charges relate to alleged violations of Canadian hunting and criminal laws occurring between 2003 and 2007, including:
- causing unnecessary pain and suffering to a bird contrary to the Criminal Code;
- taking over the daily bag limit of geese;
- taking over the daily bag limit of ducks;
- continuing to hunt after daily bag limit is reached;
- hunting from a moving boat or boat under power;
- failing to immediately retrieve a migratory game bird; and
- failing, after retrieving a migratory game bird, to immediately kill the bird.
Under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, the maximum penalty for indictable offences is $1 million per offence or the possibility of imprisonment for a term of not more than three years, or both.
Environment Canada’s enforcement officers worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to investigate complaints. Following a four year investigation, the two agencies gathered evidence that has lead to charges in both Canada and the U.S.
Foiles pleaded not guilty to 23 charges in the United States on January 27, 2011, in Springfield, Illinois. The charges, laid by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, include conspiracy, wildlife trafficking, and making false writings in connection with the illegal sale of guided waterfowl hunts taking place in the U.S.
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