Illegal moose meat case nets stiffest penalties in New Brunswick history
Father and son who ran butcher shop and 5 people who bought meat get combined 84 days in jail, $22K in fines
The sale of illegal moose meat at Fredericton-area butcher shop has resulted in the stiffest penalties ever handed out for violations under the New Brunswick Fish and Wildlife Act.
"These convictions should send a strong message of deterrence," Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Stephen Horsman said in a statement.
"We hope this case leads to the discouragement of other illegal harvesting, butchering and selling of wild game in New Brunswick."
The case stems from a two-year investigation by conservation officers with the Department of Natural Resources, called Operation Junkyard Moose.
About 1,500 pounds of moose meat was seized from the meat shop and four local residences in November 2012. Equipment was also seized from the shop.
On Tuesday, David Crossman was sentenced 21 days in jail and fined $4,800 after being convicted for selling moose meat and two counts of possession.
His son, Robert Crossman, was sentenced to 35 days in jail and fined $12,600 on two counts of selling moose meat and three counts of possession.
The entire contents of their meat-cutting operation were also forfeited to the Crown.
Meanwhile, four of the five people convicted of possessing the illegal meat were each sentenced to seven days in jail and fined between $1,000 and $1,200.
They include: Lynn Curtis, Richard Harris, Anthony Price, and Gabriel Kranendonk.
Gail Kranendonk, who was convicted of minor possession, was fined $120. She did not receive any jail time.
Under the act, in a bid to conserve the province's big game population, the possession of moose, deer or bear meat that was poached carries a minimum fine of $1,000, a minimum of seven days in jail and a loss of all permits or licences issued by the department for five years.