In the fall, the Canada/U.S. border in Manitoba is often busy with American hunters returning home after coming up north to hunt. That's why Manitoba Conservation officers conducted two recent check stops near the Emerson crossing.
From September 22nd to 24th, 64 vehicles were screened, resulting in two written warnings for exporting bear parts under the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA). One charge was laid under the Manitoba Fisheries Regulations (MFR) for possessing fish dressed or packed so that it could not be identified, and one charge under the Wildlife Act (WLA) for a loaded firearm.
An additional 119 vehicles were screened at the border over the Thanksgiving long weekend from Oct. 6th-9th.
Officers issued two written warnings for unlawfully exporting bear parts under WAPPRIITA, 12 charges under the Migratory Birds Convention Act for hunting migratory birds without a federal stamp, one charge under WLA for possessing a greater number of game birds than permitted, two charges under WLA for hunting upland game bird without a license, two charges under MFR for possessing fish cut and packed so species could not be identified, and one charge under MFR for possessing more fish than the possession quota.
Anyone with information on illegal activity is asked to call a local conservation office or the TIP line at 1-800-782-0076.
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