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$31,500 in fines for illegal hunting and licence violations

Thursday, January 03, 2013   by: Staff



$31,500 in fines for illegal hunting and licence violations

Two Michigan men have been fined a total of $31,500 and received a one-year bear hunting licence suspension for several offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Terry Lewis Ball of Barbeau and Bryce Clark of Sault Ste. Marie were convicted of illegally hunting several species of wildlife, falsely portraying themselves as Ontario residents to acquire hunting licences and exporting illegal wildlife into the United States.

Ball was fined $18,000 for making false statements in a document, unlawfully exporting wildlife, possessing void bear, moose, deer and fishing licences, possessing more than one deer licence, and hunting deer without a licence.

Clark was fined $13,500 for making a false statement in a document, unlawfully exporting wildlife into the United States, possessing void bear, moose and deer licences, possessing more than one deer licence, and hunting deer without a licence.

Court heard that between 2009 and 2011, Ball and Clark had been using a fraudulent Ontario address to acquire Ontario resident hunting licences and using those licences to illegally hunt wildlife. 

Some of the wildlife had been exported into the United States.

These illegal activities were the subject of a two-year joint investigation involving conservation officers from Ontario and Michigan, agents with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Canada Border Services Agency and United States Customs and Border Protection Service.

The investigation involved the execution of search warrants in the United States.

Justice of the Peace Paula Nichols heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Sault Ste. Marie, on December 6, 2012.

The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds hunters that to qualify for an Ontario resident hunting or fishing licence, a person must reside six out of the previous 12 months in Ontario and have a primary address in the province. 

The ministry also advises that the export of illegally taken fish or wildlife into the United States constitutes a violation of the United States Lacey Act.

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. 

You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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rcamp211 1/3/2013 11:49:19 AM Report

WOW you could buy a lot of beef for $31,500!
Gates 1/3/2013 11:56:34 AM Report

We need to exercise ZERO tolerance with cases that endanger our natural resources. I think they should be banned from ever hunting or fishing in Canada again and put them on a border watch list so if they enter Canada with any hunting or fishing gear, they be denied entry. We have enough trouble trying to exercise conservation on our own that we don't need nonresidents coming to Canada to poach. This is my opinion and mine alone.
Just Curious 1/3/2013 12:00:38 PM Report

Gates,you may think that the opinion you expressed is yours and yours alone but I rather doubt it. You just expressed mine too and I would think several thousand more.
TankGirl 1/3/2013 12:06:03 PM Report

They should never be allowed in Canada again.
guestwho 1/3/2013 12:13:23 PM Report

I think that more guys like that should be invited up here,look at the money!!!
CrankxGirl 1/3/2013 12:34:53 PM Report

Our wildlife is worth more alive than dead. In Africa they shoot poachers, I'd say a lifetime ban is in order at least.
bounder 1/3/2013 1:33:41 PM Report

Ouch,ouch ,ouch,ouch.Never again.
berts 1/3/2013 1:53:40 PM Report

1 year suspension?? Come on!! It should be a lifetime suspenion. Please, change that for the future. This is our childrens future for the outdoors.
Ricatoni 1/3/2013 2:16:07 PM Report

fine was ok could have been more and they should have been banned from Canada for life you aint coming back period...........losers probably wont even pay the fine......
nitrocircus199 1/3/2013 2:31:53 PM Report

About time those stupid yanks got it good... Looks good on them, stay on ur side of the border!!
nitrocircus199 1/3/2013 2:34:38 PM Report

About time those stupid yanks got it good... Looks good on them, stay on ur side of the border!!
Tender34 1/3/2013 2:35:26 PM Report

This is ridiculous. A $31,500 fine and a one year suspension. How much money did this 2 year joint investigation cost the US and Canadian tax payers? What does this slap on the wrist say about our country and how we protect our resources? Embarrassing is what it is.
zartan 1/3/2013 2:40:04 PM Report

All those agencies and two years?!?! That's the real crime.That fine only covers a small percentage of the cost of the keystone operation.
the coach 1/3/2013 4:07:56 PM Report

Dead End Kid 1/3/2013 6:45:15 PM Report

Hunting in Canada should be reserved for Canadian hunters only because many American hunters seem to think that Canada is some place like Disneyland where they can come and have fun while not taking serious the Canadian hunting laws that we have enacted in Canada. Many American hunters through their ignorance and through their arrogance think they can do as they please in our wilderness without any repercussion.

A ban will never happen because this would affect tourist dollars that small business relies on each year.

I personally would like to see hunting totally abolished as in this day and age it is no longer required in our society. It is dangerous and contrary to what people say, alcohol plays a role for many people while out on their hunting expeditions.

This is my opinion based on what I've observed throughout the past years.
Boris 1/3/2013 7:47:14 PM Report

Dead end kid, your name says it all, no job and lots of time to sit back, smoke your pot and solve all the problems of the world. I agree those specific Americans should not be allowed back, but stop hunting all together because you don't approve? I'll bet you don't bathe so do away with soap too. Comment on the story if you please, but keep your opinions on hunting to you and your dead end buddies.
Dead End Kid 1/3/2013 10:22:26 PM Report

Thanks Boris. Every time I decide to comment on something in the future I'll think,"gee, I hope Boris approves of my opinions because I wouldn't want to be embarrassed by any of his dumb azz comments!"

Nice try Boris but you just came off sounding like the typical troll that you are. I'm sure that no one is impressed by you.

T-Bone 1/6/2013 5:16:11 PM Report

Hunting is a billion dollar industry in Canada. Each year there is more money generated from hunting and fishing license fees than you could imagine. Do your homework before commenting. I agree these 2 clowns that thought they could out smart us Canadians should have their hunting rights suspended in Canada, But to abolish hunting is just not realistic and is not the answer...
westofthesoo 1/6/2013 10:36:35 PM Report

lifetime band to hunting in Canada!!!!!seems fair. I can't imagine not being able to go where the good times are. I can't even imagine having to listen to laws most none native hunters have to live by!!!!!!!!!!
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