status provides no right of access: Pincher Creek District
Indian paid heavily for neglecting to ask permission to hunt before
killing a cow moose and two calves in the Pincher Creek area last winter.
21, 2001, Clarence Allen Waite appeared in Pincher Creek provincial
court to plead guilty to one count of hunting during a closed season
and one count of illegal possession of wildlife. Judge Jacobson imposed
a fine of $1,500 and ordered that the moose meat and hides be forfeited
to the Crown. The meat was later distributed to a local family in need.
related to an incident on Nov. 30, 2000, when a Pincher Creek conservation
officer responded to a complaint that a cow moose had been shot and
left on a road adjacent to private land. The complainant reported that
the cow had not been tagged, but that there was a note attached to the
carcass. The note gave a name and that the person had gone for help.
The complainant was concerned because there was no season for cow moose
in WMU 300.
discovered the carcass had been removed and that a cow moose and two
calves had been killed within two quarter sections on opposite sides
of the road. Tracks at the scene indicated that all three carcasses
had been loaded on the same truck and trailer. The officer found that
the two different landowners involved were not aware of anyone hunting
on their land and had not given permission for anyone to hunt.
officers tracked the name on the note to Clarence Allen Waite, 42 of
Lethbridge. Lethbridge conservation officers interviewed Waite at his
home on Dec. 2, 2000. Waite provided the officers with a statement in
which he admitted that he had killed a cow moose and two calves in the
area on the date in question, but stated that he took the animals under
Treaty Right. Waite produced a Treaty Card that identified him as a
member of the Mohawks from the Bay of Quinte in Ontario. He said that
he had been on his way to the Forest Reserve to hunt elk when he saw
the moose from the road and at that point decided to shoot them. One
of the officers advised Waite that although his Treaty Status allowed
him to hunt at all times of the year, it did not give him a right to
access private land for that purpose.
officers executed search warrants on January 9, 2001, for two residences
and outbuildings owned by Waite. The officers recovered three moose
hides, bones, scraps and photographs of the moose from a shed that Waite
used for cutting meat at one of his residences. Additional moose meat
that Waite had processed into sausage, jerky and other cuts were seized
from his second residence.
smuggler sentenced to nearly six years in prison
DC, June 11, 2001 - The world's endangered species are one small step
safer with the recent sentencing of Keng Liang "Anson" Wong to 71 months
in federal prison, sending a signal that illegal wildlife trade will
not be tolerated. Wong, a notorious dealer of threatened and endangered
wildlife, was sentenced last Thursday in federal court in San Francisco
and ordered to pay a US$60,000 fine.
senior program officer for TRAFFIC North America said, "This is an important
moment for conservation. This sentence, one of the highest ever assessed
for illegal trade in live animals, sends a very strong signal that illegal
trade in endangered wildlife will be dealt with swiftly and severely."
species traded by Wong included two particularly rare reptiles from
island nations. The Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard, is native
only to a relatively small area of Indonesia. The plowshare or Madagascan
spurred tortoise, believed by many to be the world's rarest tortoise
species, occurs only on the island of Madagascar.
of endangered species exploited by Wong is exceeded only by the list
of charges to which Wong pled guilty," Hoover added. "One would be hard-pressed
to identify a case involving such a broad array of protected species
traded in violation of so many domestic, foreign and international laws.
This case also presents an opportunity to ensure that such gross violation
of these wildlife laws is not repeated."
operation was based in Malaysia, pleaded guilty last December to 40
federal felony charges including money laundering, conspiracy, smuggling,
and violations of the Lacey Act, a U.S. wildlife protection law that
prohibits trade in animals protected under federal, state, or international
law and the making of false statements concerning wildlife shipments.
The smuggling operation that illegally imported and sold more than 300
protected reptiles native to Asia and Africa ran from 1996 to 1998 and
brought in more than $500,000. Wong was lured to Mexico by undercover
investigators in 1998 where he was arrested and, ultimately, extradited
to and prosecuted in the United States.
the commitment by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Justice
Department in enforcing our wildlife regulations," said Hoover. "This
is the most significant case of its kind and it makes a tremendous statement
as to the importance of ceasing illegal trafficking of rare animals."
the animals smuggled and sold by Wong is regulated under the Convention
on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
(CITES), a global agreement that controls the importation and exportation
of thousands of imperiled animals and plants. Commercial traffic in
many of these reptiles is prohibited; others require permits to legally
enter trade. A number are also protected under the U.S. Endangered Species
Act, which outlaws their importation into the United States for commercial
underscores the tremendous growth in both the legal and illegal live
reptile trades, largely to supply the demand for exotic pets in the
United States. In fact, the United States is by far the world's largest
consumer of live reptiles for the pet trade. Although captive breeding
and other sustainable production efforts support much of this trade,
harvest and trade from wild populations remain serious threats to a
significant number of species," Hoover explained. "However, with the
substantial sentencing in this case of international consequence, the
United States can provide a much-needed deterrent to this extremely
lucrative and damaging illicit trade, and set an example for other countries