Charges Laid in Undercover Conservation Investigation

Bowhunting120501 -- A bowhunter heads back to the car after a ice storm and a morning of whitetail deer bowhunting near Waterford, Virginia.

A five-month undercover investigation by Manitoba Conservation has resulted in charges being laid under the Wildlife Act and the Fisheries Act.

A roadside stop was setup just west of Winnipeg recently, where two individuals from the Amaranth area were arrested and a number of items were seized.

During the investigation, about 400 pounds of fish, the head of a white-tailed deer and a vehicle were seized.

The two people arrested face nine charges for illegally selling and transporting fish, and illegally selling wildlife. They will appear in Winnipeg court on January 6, 2011.

They could face fines under the Wildlife Act of up to $50,000 or serve prison time of up to one year. Convictions under the Fisheries Act net fines of up to $100,000 and/or six months in prison.

Manitoba Conservation says their service dog Rebel played a large part in assisting officers find the hidden evidence during the investigation.

Eight vehicles have been seized in connection with alleged illegal hunting activities across the province so far this year.

To report illegal hunting or a natural resources violation, call the Turn In Poachers (TIPS) line at 1-800-782-0076.