February 12, 2018 - Two Elgin County men have been fined a total of $2,500 for catching
and attempting to kill a snapping turtle without a licence, under the Fish and Wildlife
On August 31, 2017, Daniel Ste-Marie pleaded guilty and was fined $500 for hunting
a game reptile without a licence.
On February 1, 2018, Jeffrey Bourgeois was found guilty and fined $2,000 at a trial
in absentia for hunting a game reptile without a licence.
Court heard that on July 23, 2017, conservation officers were working along the
Thames River in Oxford County when they came across Ste-Marie and Bourgeois angling
there. A short distance away, the officers located a severely injured snapping turtle
hidden under a pail. Further investigation revealed that Ste-Marie caught the snapping
turtle while fishing and Bourgeois tried to kill it in an attempt to keep it for
Justice of the Peace Ralph Cotter heard the case against Ste-Marie on August 31,
2017, and Justice of the Peace Leiloni Montour heard the case against Bourgeois
on February 1, 2018, both in the Ontario Court of Justice, Woodstock.
The ministry reminds the public that the hunting of snapping turtles in Ontario
was banned on April 1, 2017.
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).