Hunters Need to Check Rules on Importing Deer Carcass into Ontario

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A Peterborough man has been fined $3,000 and received a probation order prohibiting him from deer hunting in Ontario for one year for a hunting offence.

 Frank O’Grady pleaded guilty to possessing the whole carcass of a white-tailed deer killed outside Ontario.

Court heard that on January 8, 2014, O’Grady brought the deer carcass from the United States into Ontario via the Fort Erie Peace Bridge, New York. On January 9, 2014, a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer attended the O’Grady residence and confirmed that O’Grady was in possession of a whole deer carcass brought into the province from another jurisdiction. It was determined during the investigation that O’Grady was aware that this was against the law. The carcass was subsequently seized.

Justice of the Peace Carl Young heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice,Peterborough, on June 12, 2014.

Owing to the continuing spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) outside Ontario, the possession of high risk carcass parts from all members of the deer family (including deer, elk, moose and caribou) harvested in other jurisdictions is restricted. CWD is a degenerative, fatal brain disease that affects white-tailed deer, elk, mule deer, moose and potentially woodland caribou. There is no evidence that Ontario deer, elk, moose or woodland caribou are infected with CWD. In 2010, new regulations to minimize the risk of CWD entering Ontario came into effect.

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