A new law to prevent the trade of illegal ivory articles by strengthening criminal and civil penalties for buyers and sellers whose actions are endangering elephant populations worldwide has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The law bans the sale of elephant and mammoth ivory and rhinoceros horns, with limited exceptions for products such as antiques demonstrated to be at least 100 years old and containing only a small amount of ivory. The adoption of these stricter sanctions is a major step to deter the ivory trade in the U.S. and protect important species.
The founder of a hunting reality show is being forced to pay an $8,000 fine for possessing two muskox and a wood bison that were illegally hunted in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
In March of 2003, Thomas Pigeon came north to hunt muskox in Nunavut and wood bison in the Northwest Territories for his hunting adventure show, Canada in the Rough.
But the hunters drove their vehicles too close to the animals so they were easier to kill.
Five years ago someone tipped off the Ontario government about mounts brought back to the province, and wildlife investigators seized video footage of the illegal hunt.
A Yukon man who at one time made his living working for an outfitter has been ordered to pay a hefty fine for illegally guiding non-residents.
James R. Richards, 51, was fined a total of $31,500 and prohibited from hunting and guiding for 20 years. He was sentenced in territorial court on Monday morning.
Every spring, game warden Rob Farr patrols the reservoirs of the Osage River in central Missouri, near the town of Warsaw.
A tall, buff, gray-haired man in his late 50s, he’s worked as a Missouri Department of Conservation warden for 34 years, and he gives the rare impression of a man who thoroughly enjoys his job. “It’s just satisfying to catch someone who needs caught,” he says. Most of the violations he encounters on the water are minor: fishermen or women with expired fishing permits, boats carrying one fish too many or too short.Read More
The Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) is joining with the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) to raise awareness and reduce alcohol related deaths on the waterways. Alcohol is a factor in approximately 40% of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. This August long weekend marks the start of year 2 of “Operation Dry Water”, an initiative to discourage the dangerous practice of drinking and boating.