Saskatchewan Outfitter Fined

A Wadena-area-based outfitter was found guilty of wasting game under the Saskatchewan Wildlife Regulations and was fined $4,200 in provincial court in Saskatoon.

Sykes R. Mitchell of Sisters, Oregon, was convicted of wasting the edible flesh of 135 snow geese that hunters had shot while using his outfitting service.

The charge was laid as the result of a call to the Ministry of Environment in May of 2009. Conservation officers investigated and found that a large number of snow geese had been dumped in a field approximately 20 km northeast of Wadena. The officers determined that individuals employed by Mitchell to clean the hunters’ birds had illegally disposed of the goose carcasses without removing any edible flesh. There was a spring snow goose season open in the area at the time.

“Outfitters and hunters who waste game are stealing from the people of our province,” Ministry of Environment Enforcement and Compliance Director Ken Aube said. “Our laws are designed to provide effective wildlife management and ensure healthy populations are available now and in the future.” (Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment)


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