A major hunting network of hundreds of people in the Gaspe area has been demolished by wildlife officials from the Minister des Fort, de la Fune et des Parks (MFFP).
“After a lengthy and careful investigation, wildlife conservation officials were able to gather enough evidence to begin the demolition operation,” the MFFP said in a statement.
Atlantic salmon, striped bass, rainbow smelt, brook trout, white-tailed deer, moose and ruffled grouse, mainly engaged in illegal sale and purchase in the field of by-des-chalurs.
More than 100 people were targeted by an investigation known as “Operation Pi”. The main crimes they allege are the sale and purchase of fish and games, overfishing and over-seizure of fish and game. If convicted, they could be fined up to 000, 400,000.
According to the MFFP, the operation has mobilized more than 40 wildlife protection officers from Boss-Saint-Laurent-Gaspaci-Ols-de-La-Madeline, and is still ongoing. She noted that the reports provided by the population were essential to the conclusion of the investigation.