Big deer-poaching ring busted in southern Quebec
Published Thursday, February 25, 2010 10:24AM EST
Wildlife agents say they've broken up a deer-poaching ring that involved more than 80 suspects.
The Natural Resources department says the ring operated out of Farnham, Sainte-Sabine, Stanbridge Station and Lacolle. The communities are in the Richelieu valley towards the U.S. border.
A two-year investigation, aided by tips from the public, led to raids by 100 agents Wednesday and Thursday. Officers seized 550 pounds of deer meat as well as a vehicle, six firearms and hunting equipment.
The suspects face 100 charges and could be fined thousands of dollars.
More charges could be laid in the future, says the department.
A female deer keeps an eye out as police cautiously surround the area near the Toronto Coach Terminal at Bay and Dundas after it was found wandering through downtown Toronto, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009.