Man fined for hunting without licence
Published Date: October 05, 2020
Attention: All News Editors KINGSTON, Jamaica
(October 5, 2020):
MAN FINED FOR HUNTING WITHOUT LICENCE
Elvis Uriah Haughton was charged by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) for a breach of the Wild Life Protection Act (Hunters’ Licenses) Regulations, 1973. He was found guilty and fined $25,000 when he appeared in the St. James Parish Court on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. The fine was handed down by Senior Parish Judge Sandria Wong Small.
The charge arose from joint monitoring activities conducted by NEPA and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on August 22, 2020 in Bogue, St. James. Mr. Haughton was observed with a shotgun. Checks by the team revealed that he was without a Hunter’s licence, which is required to participate in the just concluded 2020 Game Bird Shooting Season. The fine was handed down by Senior Parish Judge Sandria Wong Small.
Speaking after the proceeding, Peta-Gaye Rookwood, Legal Officer, NEPA said, “the Agency will continue its vigilance concerning breaches of environmental and planning laws.”
Licences required for Hunting
The Agency is reminding the public that a licence is required to hunt during the annual Game Bird Shooting Season. Individuals found in breach will be arrested and charged. They may be fined up to $100,000 and or face three months in prison.
Persons are also being reminded that the 2020 Game Bird Shooting Season closed on Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. The shooting of game birds during the closed season is strictly prohibited under the law. Any person found shooting during the closed season will be prosecuted under the Wild Life Protection Act (WLPA) and on conviction before a Parish Judge may be fined up to One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000) or imprisoned for 12 months.
The public is encouraged to report all incidents of illegal shooting to NEPA at (876)754-7540 ext. 3602, toll free: 888-991-5005, 119 or the nearest police station.
Public Education and Corporate Communication Branch (PECCB)
National Environment and Planning Agency
Tel: 876-754-7540, ext. 2761; Fax: 876-754-7596