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In this case, some of the animal parts under investigation came from wolves and cougars. (Archive photo)
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A Manitoba man has been ordered to pay $20,000 in fines for illegally importing, exporting and transporting wildlife.
According to a press release released Monday by the Department of Environment and Climate Change Canada, some of the animal parts targeted by the investigation came from wolves and cougars, “species listed under the Convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora.”
The charges filed stem from Operation Northern Fur, a three-year joint investigation by Environment and Climate Change Canada, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Manitoba Conservation Officer Service.
The objective of Operation Northern Fur was to dismantle a wildlife trafficking network on Canadian territory and between Canada and the United States, says the Department.
The man pleaded guilty to charges of importing or exporting an animal part without a license and transporting it out of #x27;a province any part of an animal taken, held, distributed or transported contrary to the laws or regulations of the province.
He received an order prohibiting him from exporting, importing, selling, purchasing and trading wild animal species or their parts and derivatives, as well as from applying for a permit in under the Act respecting the protection of wild animal or plant species, for three years.
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Among the species at high risk of being sold on the Canadian illegal market are bears (particularly black bears, grizzly bears and polar bears), cougars, geese, lynx, moose, crabs, eels (elvers), lobsters, turtles (especially Blanding's turtles and spotted turtles), sharks and wolves.
This illicit trade generates products valued at approximately US$20 billion per year, says Canada's Department of the Environment.