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Athens Man Receives Fines and Hunting Suspension for Violations Under The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 and Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994
BROCKVILLE, Ont. -- March 22, 2011 -- An Athens, Ontario man was sentenced March 16 in the Ontario Court of Justice in Brockville, Ontario, to a fine of $855. Mr. James Kenneth Rogers pleaded guilty to two charges under the provincial Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997. As well, on February 25, 2011, in Brockville, Rogers also pleaded guilty and was fined $1,050 for violations under the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994. In addition to the $1,905 in fine, Rogers is subject to a one-year prohibition against hunting migratory birds.
Rogers was convicted of hunting a specially protected bird (Blue Jay), and handling a firearm without due care or attention while hunting, in contravention of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997. Under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, Rogers was charged with willfully obstructing an enforcement officer, knowingly making a false statement to an enforcement officer, having more than one loaded shotgun while hunting migratory birds, and hunting a migratory bird without a permit.
The federal fine of $1,050 was directed to the Environmental Damages Fund.
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