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11,000 In Fines For Species At RiskRelated Offences

April 24, 2018 - Four southern Ontario residents have been fined a total of $11,000 for damaging species at risk habitat and operating a motor vehicle within a conservation reserve.

Joby Bernard of Hamilton, Alexandra Filice of Hannon, Derek Byckalo of Binbrook and Ian Thomson of Burlington pleaded guilty and were each fined $2,500 under the Endangered Species Act for unlawfully damaging or destroying habitat and $250 for unlawfully operating a motor vehicle within a conservation reserve contrary to the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act.

Court heard that on May 13, 2017, conservation officers were conducting a patrol in St. Williams Conservation Reserve in Norfolk County when they heard off-road vehicles in an area of the reserve where access is prohibited to unauthorized motor vehicles. Officers located four dirt bikes being operated by Bernard, Filice, Byckalo and Thomson in an area that is protected species at risk habitat.

Justice of the Peace Brett A. Kelly heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Simcoe, on April 16, 2018.

To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). And visit Ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases. You may be able to provide information that will help solve a case.


Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 April 2018 16:44:08 PM EST

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