Fined for Illegal Importation of Bear Hide from Alaska

This article was written with the assistance of student at law Julia Ferreira. On January 18, 2019, Fredrick Thomson, a taxidermist from Coaldale, Alberta, was sentenced following his conviction for illegally importing a brown bear hide from Alaska. Section 6(1) of the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act, “No person shall import into Canada any animal or plant that was taken, or any animal or plant, or any part or derivative of an animal or plant, that was possessed, distributed or transported in contravention of any law of any foreign state.” Under the Alaska Hunting Regulations, if an individual wants to take a bear hide out of the United States, a federal CITES permit is required from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Law Enforcement Unit. As a result of the violation, Thomson was ordered to pay a $20,000.00 fine, which will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund. The…

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