A former Essex deputy mayor and police board member has been banned from hunting and slapped with hefty fines after pleading guilty to illegal hunting.

Percy Dufour, along with his son Darrel Dufour, have pleaded guilty to killing nine Canada geese. Their legal limit was two each.

“This is probably one of the worst cases I’ve seen in this area in at least 10 years,” said Kevin Sprague, a conservation officer with the Ministry of Natural Resources. “We have never to my knowledge come upon an investigation like this where this many geese were shot over the limit. It wasn’t a case of someone accidentally shooting one over their limit. It was a blatant disregard for the rules.”

Canada GooseBoth men are banned from having a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit and hunting waterfowl for one year. They were also ordered to pay $2,000 each to Ducks Unlimited Canada.

The illegal hunting occurred Sept. 25, 2010. The case didn’t go to court until last week.

After receiving complaints from the public, the MNR Lake Erie enforcement unit started doing surveillance of a pond in Essex. The pond is on a piece of land owned by the Dufours.

Trevor Wilhelm
Windsor Star
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