While preparing to set out, the officer was confronted by an Eriksdale man who claimed that the traps were set out to gather fur under the authority of his Metis Harvester Card. As the man was legally allowed to trap for his own use, the traps were returned to him that same day. While at the office picking up his traps, the man purchased a trapping licence after indicating he would like to trap coyotes and wolves as the season was still open.
On April 2, 2014 Central region officers were conducting an inspection at North American Fur Auction’s depot in Winnipeg, MB. While at NAFA, officers discovered a shipment of fur from the Eriksdale man dated February 24, 2014. However, the trapping licence these pelts were shipped under was the one the man had purchased on February 19. As the season had already been closed when the man obtained the licence, there were no circumstances where the man could have harvested them for sale that season.
The pelts were seized and the Eriksdale man was charged for attempting to sell, trade, or barter a wild animal or part of a wild animal other than meat. On August 15, 2014 the man entered a guilty plea and was assessed a fine of $673.55 with all pelts – 15 marten, 5 fisher, and 1 mink worth a total of approximately $2,000 being forfeited to the Crown.