Manitoba Resident Faces $20,000 in Fines for Illegal Wildlife Activities As Part of Operation Northern Fur

Manitoba resident Jeffrey Ross was fined $20,000 fine at the Provincial Court after admitting to four violations of the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act. These charges, arising from Operation Northern Fur, a joint initiative to dismantle illegal wildlife trade within the country and between Canada and the United States, followed a three-year joint investigation involving Environment and Climate Change Canada, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Manitoba Conservation Officer Service. The implicated animal parts included those from wolves and cougars, designated as Appendix II species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The fines will contribute to Canada's Environmental Damages Fund.