By Ryan Kessler
Legislation being proposed Thursday would see the province crack down on poaching.
Anyone convicted of illegal hunting would have to pay restitution based on the species they kill.
Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship Gord Mackintosh tells 680 CJOB this is a groundbreaking initiative.
“They will not only be subject to a fine, but will also have to pay restitution – that is a set value for the loss of that animal,” Mackintosh says.
The restitution would be put into the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund, which is used solely for conservation projects.
The legislation is expected to take effect in 2015.