Crown May Appeal Hunting Guides’ Sentence

Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 14:34



An appeal may be launched over a recent court decision which saw a Cumberland House outfitter and his guides handed a $30,000 fine.


The four men were found guilty of committing 56 different wildlife infractions back in 2002 and 2003.


They pleaded guilty to helping American hunters illegally shoot waterfowl and other game during their stay at the Mistik Hunting Lodge near Cumberland House.


Dave Harvey, the director of enforcement and investigations for Saskatchewan Environment, says he respects the judge¹s decision but feels the sentence is a little light.


He adds the decision on whether an appeal is launched is in the hands of federal prosecutors.


Harvey says the fine should still act as a deterrent to any other outfitter thinking of trying the same thing.


Meanwhile, Harvey says his department will take the next few months to decide whether the outfitter should also lose his licence.