Release Date - December 2, 2013
In September of 2013 a resident of Ericksdale, MB was convicted by default regarding a violation of section 59 of the Wildlife Act.
The individual had been charged in May of 2013 for making a false statement in an application of a license or permit. The investigation revealed that the man allegedly killed a large black bear on or about June 4, 2012. It is believed that he had harvested this bear under the rights granted to him as a Métis person.
In late spring of 2013 the man completed an application for an export permit. It was believed that he intended to send the skull of the bear to the Pope and Young headquarters in Minnesota to be officially scored for size.
Export permits require the date of kill and authority to possess to be indicated on the application form. the individual indicated a date of kill and 2012 Manitoba Black Bear hunting license number as the authority under which the bear was hunted and possessed.
A query of the man's 2012 Manitoba Black Bear hunting license through the Manitoba Licensing database showed that he had bought this license at least one day after killing the bear. Therefore false statements were made statements on the application for an export permit.
It is believed that he was utilizing this bear license and tags as the authority he needed to possess this bear for entry into record books.
The man did not contact the court for plea or disposition therefore he was convicted by default. His fine totaled $349.65. He was allowed to keep the skull as the bear was harvested under his Métis right.