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Hunters fined for killing swans at Luther Marsh

ORANGEVILLE - Two Toronto-area hunters have been fined here for hunting trum­peter swans at the Luther Marsh Wildlife Management Area near Grand Valley.

According to Environment Canada, the two men entered a plea of guilty to one offence each under the Migratory Birds Convention Act 1999.

Luther Marsh is managed by the Grand River Conserva­tion Authority, which owns most of the 5,600 hectare property. It is one of the most important wetland areas in southern Ontario, providing habitat for a great variety of wildlife.

The men were fined in a court in Orangeville on June 2.

Duarte Carvalho and Joa­quim Inacio were each senten­ced to pay a $1,500 fine.

In September, hunters re­ported that two large white birds had been shot at Luther Marsh near Grand Valley. An Environment Canada Enforce­ment Branch officer and con­servation officers from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Re­sources arrived at the marsh and, after questioning, laid char­ges against the two hunt­ers.

In addition to the fine, Car­valho and Inacio are prohibited for one year from applying for, using or holding a migratory bird hunting permit.

Trumpeter swans were once hunted and harassed to the point where, in 1933, only 77 were breeding in Canada.

The swan carcasses in this case had large yellow wing tags indicat­ing they were part of a restora­tion project to boost the trum­peter swan population in On­tario.

Environment Canada inves­ti­gates offences with the ob­jective of ensuring that com­panies, governments and the general public comply with legislation and regulations that protect migratory birds.

Envi­ronment Canada supports the conservation and protection of Canada’s natural capital through the enforcement of the Migratory Birds Convention Act 1994, Canada Wildlife Act, Species at Risk Act and the Wild Animal and Plant Pro­tection and Regulation of International and Interpro­vin­cial Trade Act.


Vol 43 Issue 26


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