By Rob G Brandenburg
Notre-Dame-du-Lac, November 25, 2009 - Officials of Wildlife Department of Natural Resources and Wildlife (MRNF) terminated the illegal hunting of a group of poachers who were operating mainly in the Bas-Saint-Laurent
This operation, called Operation Balbuzard ( Osprey ) was held at 6 pm 30 this morning and required the mobilization of 155 wildlife protection officer from the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Îles de la Madeleine , Côte-Nord, Montréal and Montérégie, Estrie, Outaouais, Mauricie - Center-du-Québec, Chaudière-Appalaches, Capitale-Nationale, Saguenay - Lac - Saint-Jean and Laval, Laurentides and Lanaudière. The poaching activities mainly harvesting and illegal trade of moose and deer.
Two years of investigation led officers of the offices of Pointe au Pere and Notre-Dame-du-Lac, to accumulate the evidence necessary to intercept individuals. This morning, nearly half of the sixty suspects involved in the region have been met. Others maybe encountered and interviewed over the next few days Operation Osprey currently, nearly 400 counts were recorded. If convicted, the individuals could face fines totaling $ 625 000.
It is important to mention the collaboration of 3 K-9 units, as well as the expert of the laboratory Bioforensic of the Quebec wildlife protection service who helped find and confirm various pieces of evidence in this investigation. The people interviewed are suspected, among other things, hunting in the close season, night hunting (moose and deer), unlawful possession of big game, shooting from a vehicle, buying and selling meat of big game and grouse.
They are also suspected of fishing in close season and sales of brook trout and yellow perch. Today's operation has led to the search and seizure of big game meat, firearms, a vehicle, all terrain vehicles, freezers, lights, tools processing such a meat grinder, packing bags, knives, meat saws and fishing tackle.
Currently, besides those already encountered, some elements of the survey suggest that other individuals engaged in illegal activities of a similar nature in the surrounding areas. In the absence of new elements, these persons will likely continue to break the law by illegally taking wildlife resources in Quebec.