Fw: Eagle Article Follow-up
----- Original Message -----
From: Dennis Paulson <dpaulson@...>
Sent: Friday, November 02, 2001 11:02 AM
Subject: FW: Eagle Article Follow-up
> I suppose many of you have read about the recent bust of an eagle-killer,
> but here is the plaint of one of our Canadian neighbors about how little
> effort is being taken to apprehend such people on Vancouver Island.
> >> Subject: Eagle Article Follow-up
> >> A little follow-up on the illegal Eagle trade article Derrick on the
> >> Island....
> >> From: D Marven
> >> Date: Wed Oct 31, 2001 7:19 pm
> >> Subject: Bald Eagles
> >> Hi Birders and Nature Lovers
> >> Over the last 10 years i have fought long and hard for some sort of
> >> control of illegal and shoddy hunting practices here in the Cowichan
> >> Valley of Vancouver Island.
> >> Countless times i have phoned and complained to our so called
> >> Conservation Officers about the illegal shooting of Bald Eagles at this
> >> time of year. At first the officers would say we'll look in to it, then
> >> they used the excuse that it was not correct for them to enter our
> >> natives peoples land and that the first nations now had there own
> >> Conservation Officer.
> >> Many times bags were found with eagle bodies, minus certain parts along
> >> our local water ways. Many times i saw native youths heading down the
> >> rivers with rifles in their hands, it seems that if your under a
> >> age your not going to be charged with illegal hunting. There was
> >> to the local newspapers by people who had actually witnessed the
> >> shooting of Eagles, but again our so called protectors of wildlife did
> >> nothing until now.
> >> I live very close to the river and our first nations reserve and there
> >> is not a week go by when at night you can't here rifle shots. This
> >> supposedly is the easist time to shoot Eagles as they sit in their
> >> roosting trees. It is estimated that upwards of fifty adult Bald
> >> are shot each year here in the valley alone, so you can imagine what
> >> numbers are being killed on the island in total.
> >> This has just come to a head with the charging and trial of one of our
> >> local native band members who was found in the U.S.A. with Eagle parts.
> >> When this native's residence here in the Cowichan Valley was searched
> >> was found to contain parts of upwards of "100 eagles" there was also
> >> pairs of talons". Through investigations by the authorities in the
> >> U.S.A. a storage locker was searched and it was packed with Eagle
> >> This native guy was found guilty and could face up to a measly 9 years
> >> in jail and the good old Canadian authorities are not sure if he will
> >> extradited to face more charges here.
> >> Millions of dollars are being spent trying to study and re-establish
> >> Bald Eagles back into North America and yet the British Columbia
> >> government of Canada are cutting back all aspects of it's enviroment
> >> ministry including it's conservation officers.
> >> I'm not sure where it will all go from here, but i can only say that it
> >> seems money is far more important than our natural enviroment.
> >> What is needed is a greater public awareness of what is going on here
> >> the Cowichan Valley and Vancouver Island and for the sake of the
> >> majestic Bald Eagle if any of you out there have access to other chat
> >> groups especially those in the U.S.A. where the Bald Eagle is their
> >> treasured emblem, would you please do us here in the valley a favour
> >> forward this message.
> >> Derrick Marven
> >> Duncan
> >> Vancouver Island
> >> B.C.
> >> Canada
> >> --michael
> >> Michael Beck
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