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B.C. Man Fined in Eagle Parts Trafficking Case

From: CTV, British Columbia

B.C. man fined in eagle parts trafficking case
Updated: Fri Nov. 07 2008 14:50:03

A B.C. man has been fined $10,000 after pleading guilty to unlawfully trafficking in bald eagle parts following a year-long Canada-wide investigation.

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$10,000 Fine for Eagle Trafficking

$10,000 fine for eagle trafficking
Vancouver Island man fined for trafficking in bald eagles
Vancouver Sun


Bald eagle flying near Broughton Island.
CREDIT: Bill Keay/Vancouver Sun
Bald eagle flying near Broughton Island.

VICTORIA - A Vancouver Island man was fined $10,000 in provincial court for his role in trafficking in bald eagles, following an investigation that began in April 2005.

David Essary Bill of Brentwood Bay pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawfully trafficking in dead wildlife - bald eagles - in Victoria provincial court on Oct. 17, 2008. He was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $9,000 of the fine to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, according to a news release. Bill was also ordered to repay $830 to the courts that was considered to be proceeds from the commission of an offence. He has one year to pay the penalties assessed and must perform 100 hours of community service within six months.

A year-long investigation throughout southern B.C. was undertaken by the Conservation Officer Service into the trafficking and poaching of eagles and other protected birds including golden eagles, hawks and swans.

Charges have been laid against 15 individuals for possession of, and trafficking in, dead wildlife under the Wildlife Act. The accused are from Vancouver, Chilliwack, Chehalis, Langley, Duncan, Brentwood Bay and Hagersville, Ontario.

Bill is the seventh man convicted of 15 individuals who have been charged in a broad southern B.C. protected bird trafficking investigation. A total of $52,430 in penalties has been assessed as a result of the convictions. This investigation began after a separate investigation into the remains of 50 bald eagles found on the North Shore determined that a broader investigation was warranted.

The COS undertook the investigation with support from the Canadian Wildlife Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the RCMP, Vancouver Police Department and agencies in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. The COS would also like to acknowledge the support received from the

Tseil-Waututh First Nation and Squamish First Nation, as well as the public, who provided numerous tips that aided the investigation.

Under the B.C. Wildlife Act in effect at the time the charges were laid, penalties for poaching could be as high as $50,000 for a first offence or a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both for each count.

The maximum penalty for a first offence conviction under the B.C. Wildlife Act is now $250,000, up from the previous $50,000 maximum, following amendments introduced by Environment Minister Barry Penner this spring. Penalties can also now include imprisonment for a term of two years, up from the previous six months.

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Oldest Eagle on Record Released in Vilas County

Wildlife News
From: WSAW - Wausau,WI,USA

Posted: 9:33 PM Nov 3, 2008
Last Updated: 9:33 PM Nov 3, 2008
Reporter: WSAW Staff
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The oldest eagle on record once again is flying free.

The 31-year-old female soared into the sky after being released by wildlife officials in Lac Du Flambeau Fri., Oct. 31st. It had been hit by a car on Highway 47 near Fence Lake earlier in the month.

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Consumers Energy Hopes to Be Where Eagles Fly

Wildlife NewsCompany erects nesting platform at power plant

Posted by alpayne October 29, 2008 15:18PM

Consumers Energy officials hope a new project on the power plant grounds will convince a pair of the raptors to nest there.
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Seven Killer Whales Missing from Washington Waters

Seven Puget Sound killer whales are missing and presumed dead in what could be the biggest decline among the sound's orcas in nearly a decade, say scientists who track the endangered animals.

"This is a disaster," Ken Balcomb, a senior scientist at the Center for Whale Research on San Juan Island, said Friday. "The population drop is worse than the stock market."


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