GRAND BANK, NL – Two men from Newfoundland have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced in connection with a four-year investigation into the unlawful trade and harvest of migratory birds.
Environment and Climate Change Canada's wildlife enforcement officers initiated Operation Long Feather in November 2013.
Scott Ross Waye of Bonavista pleaded guilty at provincial court in Grand Bank on Nov. 23 to charges under the Migratory Birds Convention Act.
He was ordered to pay $7,000 and must forfeit a boat, a motor and other items he used to carry out the offences.
Waye is prohibited from hunting for eight years and from also being in the presence of anyone hunting or possessing migratory birds or any parts of migratory birds.
Walter John Foote of Lamaline also pleaded guilty to charges under the act at the Grand Bank courthouse on Nov. 28.
He was ordered to pay $7,000 and must forfeit a number of items used while carrying out the offences, including his boat and motors.
Foote is prohibited from hunting for 10 years, being in the presence of anyone hunting, and leaving Canada for the purpose of hunting.
The total penalties will go to the Environmental Damages Fund.
The investigations resulting from Operation Long Feather remain ongoing.