Four Cheticamp men were fined more than $17,000 following a Department of Natural Resources poaching investigation.
Richard Claude Aucoin, 38, was found guilty of six charges and fined $5,849; Richard Bruce Fraser, 53, was fined $4,237 for seven convictions; Patrick John Timmons, 41, was fined $6,792 for 16 convictions; and Joseph Chester Leblanc, 53, was fined $740 for three convictions, including illegally possessing deer.
The men pleaded guilty in Port Hawkesbury provincial court last week to the charges under the Wildlife Act and Wilderness Areas Protection Act.
Aucoin, Fraser and Timmons exceeded the bag limit for deer, while Timmons was also guilty of illegally hunting moose and antlerless deer.
The men also forfeited their hunting equipment, and had their hunting licences suspended for five years.
“This investigation and subsequent convictions will hopefully act as a deterrent to those who feel inclined to break wildlife protection, safe hunting and wilderness area protection laws,” Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker said in a press release.
Tony Rodgers, executive director of the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters, said he hopes this case sends a clear message that this type of activity won’t be tolerated.
“The department’s enforcement staff did an outstanding job on this investigation, and have made a big impact on illegal poaching in the province,” he said.