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Hunter facing jail for polar bear he shot a decade ago
The Globe and Mail ^ | 2011 August 24 | TU THANH HA

Posted on 08/25/2011 1:37:53 PM PDT by xp38

In the latest example of the gap between Canadian and American views about polar-bear hunting, a Michigan man could face jail after pleading guilty to bringing home a mounted trophy of a bear he had legally shot in Nunavut a decade ago.

Rodger Dale DeVries, 73, entered a guilty plea this week to one count of illegally importing polar-bear parts.

(Excerpt) Read more at theglobeandmail.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs; Government; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: polarbears

1 posted on 08/25/2011 1:37:57 PM PDT by xp38
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To: xp38

No statute of limitations? Or do “environmental crimes” rise to the level of murder?


2 posted on 08/25/2011 1:40:16 PM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: bigdaddy45
No statute of limitations? Or do “environmental crimes” rise to the level of murder?

...or the level of tax fraud?

3 posted on 08/25/2011 1:45:10 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: bigdaddy45

His crime was smuggling the head home in 2007. He has plead guilty to that. Maximum sentence is 1 year in jail and $100 grand fine. He will likely get less but even so...


4 posted on 08/25/2011 1:45:28 PM PDT by xp38
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To: bigdaddy45

It appears he is charged with the importation of the mounted bear head and not with the shooting itself.

“Rodger Dale DeVries, 73, entered a guilty plea this week to one count of illegally importing polar-bear parts.”

and

“According to court documents, Mr. DeVries travelled to Nunavut in November, 2000, where he obtained a licence and polar-bear tag and paid an outfitter $12,500 to take him hunting.

After killing a bear, he had it mounted by a taxidermist in Calgary. Mr. DeVries then left it in storage with a friend there because he knew he couldn’t legally take it to the U.S.

In the summer of 2007, he went back to Calgary and moved the bear mount and its skull to a storage unit in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. From there, Mr. DeVries and his two grandchildren, both minors, took the trophy by boat to a tiny harbour in northern Michigan, then drove it home.”


5 posted on 08/25/2011 1:46:56 PM PDT by El Sordo (The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.)
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To: xp38

I like this section at the end

Management of polar bears is a shared responsibility between Ottawa and the provinces and territories, with hunting tags issued by the Nunavut government.

A 2009 study by the Humane Society International and the International Fund for Animal Welfare argues that polar-bear trophy hunting is not an Inuit tradition but a recent phenomenon that contributes to less than one per cent of the Nunavut GDP.

Mr. Nirlungayuk said, however, that the tags sold to foreign hunters come out of a community’s quota so that trophy hunting doesn’t affect the number of harvested bears while bringing money to remote communities where the cost of living is high.

He also bristled at the idea of non-natives defining what constitutes the Inuit way of life.

“Who are they to say that it’s not traditional? It’s not traditional for you guys to be in a car. Should you be riding horses? Our culture has evolved.”


6 posted on 08/25/2011 1:50:51 PM PDT by xp38
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To: El Sordo

Why cant he have his bear head? Is this the same kind of enviornmental garbage that does not allow people to care for injured songbirds or pick up bluejay feathers?

Dam**d government regulatory agencies!


7 posted on 08/25/2011 1:52:20 PM PDT by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: El Sordo

What a messy situation.

I am kind of curious about how the “authorities” found out about the mount getting into the USA.


8 posted on 08/25/2011 1:54:53 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: bigdaddy45

Increasingly statutes of limitation are being altered to read “x number of years AFTER police become aware of a crime”. So if you do something wrong, and police never learn about it, you’re still on the hook because the limitation clock doesn’t start until after the police find out - rendering the statute of limitation basically null and void from a practical standpoint.


9 posted on 08/25/2011 1:55:55 PM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: xp38
I see nothing wrong with the Inuit way of live evolving. I have a problem when they progress to a modern society while still wanting special privileges for maintaining a historic culture. Like getting special polar bear hunting allowances as an example.
10 posted on 08/25/2011 2:09:18 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: El Sordo

This is yet another lesson on why you must learn to eat what you kill and then clear your plate.


11 posted on 08/25/2011 2:22:49 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: xp38

How did the revenuers even know the man had the thing?


12 posted on 08/25/2011 2:36:52 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (Why does so few (IA, NH, SC) decide so much?)
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To: muawiyah

Polar bear meat contains an exceedingly high level of vitamin A and can be toxic if too much is eaten.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypervitaminosis_A


13 posted on 08/25/2011 2:37:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: Sybeck1

Just a guess but maybe a visitor noticed the trophy and blabbed.


14 posted on 08/25/2011 2:40:17 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Chickensoup

Recently hiking, I came across a recently dead Osprey. As a kid, we would have used the feathers in Scouts. Today, I just walked away, letting them rot. No way would I touch a raptors feathers today. Jail time for picking up feathers from a dead bird.... Insanity they name is regulation...as they say in Hot Fuzz... For the greater good.


15 posted on 08/25/2011 2:46:54 PM PDT by Waverunner (I'd like to welcome our new overlords, say hello to my little friend)
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To: xp38

And the pot nears the boil-over point ........


16 posted on 08/25/2011 2:49:47 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles.)
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To: El Sordo

“Rodger Dale DeVries, 73, entered a guilty plea this week to one count of illegally importing polar-bear parts.”

Why? Michigan is thick with hunters, and they know about jury nullification.

Easy not guilty verdict by the hunter jury. The man needs to put some faith in his fellow hunters that they’ll do the right thing.


17 posted on 08/25/2011 3:31:14 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: cripplecreek

In that case I’d recommend eating only the safe part ~ don’t be dragging the parts around where it’s not safe to do so.


18 posted on 08/25/2011 4:06:17 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: cripplecreek

In that case I’d recommend eating only the safe part ~ don’t be dragging the parts around where it’s not safe to do so.


19 posted on 08/25/2011 4:06:30 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: FromTheSidelines

“Increasingly statutes of limitation are being altered to read “x number of years AFTER police become aware of a crime”.”

Every time I hear about a change to a law like that, it’s always for the worse.

Almost everything is being run by people who should never be in charge of anything.


20 posted on 08/25/2011 4:24:02 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: FromTheSidelines

“Increasingly statutes of limitation are being altered to read “x number of years AFTER police become aware of a crime”.”

Every time I hear about a change to a law like that, it’s always for the worse.

Almost everything is being run by people who should never be in charge of anything.

Can writs of attainder, ex post facto laws, and debtor’s prison be far behind?


21 posted on 08/25/2011 4:25:08 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: sergeantdave
Why? Michigan is thick with hunters, and they know about jury nullification.

I certainly wouldn't be willing to convict and yes, this is a perfect case for jury nullification. OTOH, I could see the feds deciding to try this in a venue "friendlier" to them.
22 posted on 08/25/2011 4:41:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: El Sordo

“In the summer of 2007, he went back to Calgary and moved the bear mount and its skull to a storage unit in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. From there, Mr. DeVries and his two grandchildren, both minors, took the trophy by boat to a tiny harbour in northern Michigan, then drove it home.”

He knew exactly what he was doing and chose to break the law.


23 posted on 08/25/2011 4:56:05 PM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi (Moutaineers are Always Free)
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To: xp38

If I thought I had a shot at it I would’ve notified authorities of the assh*le who deliberately ran over a medium-sized turtle with his Jeep but I was too far behind him to get his license plate number. This turtle was crossing the road between an adjacent wetland pond and a section of wooded land approx. 100 feet away. I wanted to jump that SOB at a red light and kick him in the balls. There is NO excuse for that...NONE EVER! Not to discriminate by age but the driver of the Jeep appeared to be male, between 17 and 23 years old. It happened back in 2004 or 2005 on what was supposed to be a beautiful spring day in SE Michigan.


24 posted on 08/26/2011 12:11:14 PM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: dsc
Can writs of attainder, ex post facto laws, and debtor’s prison be far behind?

Functionally, we already have the latter two. Consider changes to handgun permits so that what once weren't felonies/restrictions against getting a concealed permit are now grounds for refusal.

Or the ever-growing restrictions on those convicted of violence against children; yes, it's a terrible thing, but if they've served their sentence they should be allowed to continue on with their lives. Yet we see locality after locality increase the exemption around parks, churches, schools and the like.

And good luck if you owe any back taxes; even bankruptcy won't get you out of that and you'll end up paying for the rest of your life.

25 posted on 08/26/2011 12:27:39 PM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

“Since May of 2008, the U.S. government has listed polar bears as a threatened species and banned the importation of pelts and heads from any parts of Canada, a move that has hurt Nunavut outfitters and others benefiting from the tourism money of big-game hunters.”

Sounds like an ex post facto conviction to me.


26 posted on 08/26/2011 1:00:32 PM PDT by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: antisocial

I would vote not guilty if I were a juror.

Everything leading to his breaking the law was crap. Polar bears have been declared “endangered” despite a growing population, he legally hunted the bear and was fine transporting it within Canada.

If he were trafficking parts for sale it would be one thing but this was a trophy he shot years ago that the government has since decided that he can’t have.


27 posted on 08/26/2011 4:26:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: FromTheSidelines

“but if they’ve served their sentence they should be allowed to continue on with their lives.”

The problem with that, at least as regards sexual abuse, is that the person continues to suffer from pedophilia, which does not seem amenable to treatment. One can never say with confidence that a child is safe with them.

This is why I think sexual abuse of children should be a capital crime.


28 posted on 08/26/2011 4:36:44 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: xp38

A polar bear was just killed (accidentally)on Endicott Island, Alaska ~1 week ago. I was up there working at the time the Feds were doing there investigation. I can tell you first hand, the security at Endicott really did feel bad that the bear suffered for about a week before it died. They were not allowed to put it down because of the strict laws...Also, the comments following the article linked below will make your blood boil.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/08/polar-bear-killed-bp-arctic.html


29 posted on 08/26/2011 4:46:13 PM PDT by halo66
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To: FromTheSidelines

“but if they’ve served their sentence they should be allowed to continue on with their lives.”

The problem with that, at least as regards sexual abuse, is that the person continues to suffer from pedophilia, which does not seem amenable to treatment. One can never say with confidence that a child is safe with them.

This is why I think sexual abuse of children should be a capital crime.


30 posted on 08/26/2011 4:46:45 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: halo66
the Feds were doing there investigation

Facepalm. What a waste of time and resources (not to mention the unnecessary suffering of the bear).
31 posted on 08/26/2011 6:07:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: MontaniSemperLiberi

That’s a good point. I went back the article to see why he pled guilty. It says this, “Mr. DeVries’s case predates the May 2008 American classification.”

“However, he was charged because he shot the bear in the Foxe Basin area, north of Hudson Bay, a place where the U.S. Department of the Interior hadn’t confirmed that the hunt was conducted at sustainable levels.”

But that’s not very clear at all. He may have been charged with the crime for any reason. Perhaps he smart mouthed the prosecutor. Who knows.

Here is a clue, “After killing a bear, he had it mounted by a taxidermist in Calgary. Mr. DeVries then left it in storage with a friend there because he knew he couldn’t legally take it to the U.S.”

So what the heck is going on here? The listing of polar bears as a threatened species was set after he transported the bear. Why did he “know it was against the law” to do something before the bears were listed as a threatened species?The article reads like it was written by a B student English major who doesn’t really understand what he’s writing about and hopes that the vagueness makes the article more intriguing.

Thinking more about it, here is what really irks me (apart from the poor writing). Congress never said that polar bears were threatened. Congress never said that it was illegal to import polar bears. These were laws made up by executive branch technocrats under a vague law passed by congress. This is how we’ve lost our freedom and stifled the economy. Congress gets to say “We are against killing threatened species” but never has to take responsibility for specifically voting on the words to which DeVries plead guilty.


32 posted on 08/26/2011 6:30:02 PM PDT by MontaniSemperLiberi (Moutaineers are Always Free)
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To: dsc

Cummings v. Missouri (1867):

3. A bill of attainder is a legislative act which inflicts punishment without a judicial trial. If the punishment be less than death, the act is termed a bill of pains and penalties. Within the meaning of the Constitution, bills of attainder include bills of pains and penalties.

So, if your car (widget) is allegedly used in a crime, and confiscated without a trial...

Ex post facto:
if you kill a bear and import it into the US before it becomes against the law to do so...
If you get your 16 year old girlfriend pregnant, while 20 yourself, and marry her, and you can no longer give out halloween candy when someone decides decades later to change the punishment for the crime...

debtor’s prisons:
if you are charged child support at a rate beyond your ability to pay, or for times they lived with you, or for that matter, if you simply are a deadbeat...


33 posted on 08/29/2011 10:47:24 PM PDT by Apogee
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To: Apogee

Further language in the Cummings case would argue against the practice of at least some red light camera tickets of saying that if you don’t pay or appeal by x date, you lose all right to do so, and may only plead that you or your vehicle are guilty.

“”A British act of Parliament,” to cite the language of the Supreme Court of Kentucky,
“might declare, that if certain individuals, or a class of individuals, failed to do a given act by a named day, they should be deemed to be, and treated as convicted felons or traitors. Such an act comes precisely within the definition of a bill of attainder, and the English courts would enforce it without indictment or trial by jury.”


34 posted on 08/29/2011 10:58:58 PM PDT by Apogee
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To: xp38

When did it become illegal?

I know a guy that shot one in Canada about 40 years ago, had it mounted and the 10’ high standing Polar bear graces his den in California.


35 posted on 08/29/2011 11:04:14 PM PDT by dalereed (uity wise!)
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To: Waverunner

“......Insanity they name is regulation...”

In our Health & Safety class the instructor asked “how much of a fine can a company get if an employee dies from unsafe work practices?” It was $70,000 maximum (OSHA).

He then related instances of two crew members slopping out a ships hold of oily water and spilling it into the bay. The next morning, the Coast Guard followed the sheen and arrested the two. Hundreds of thousands in fines and ten years in jail Waited for the Captain. 25 years in jail.

I forget what it was for eagle’s feathers - but huge fines and long prison term.

All of the cases and numbers were way goofy.


36 posted on 08/29/2011 11:14:20 PM PDT by 21twelve (Obama Recreating the New Deal: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts)
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To: Apogee

Cummings v. Missouri (1867):

...bill of attainder...Ex post facto...debtor’s prisons:

Jeez, you’re just a bundle of cheer.

Did you have to show me that things are even worse than I thought they were?

I want to extend childhood out to 60, start believing in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny again.


37 posted on 08/29/2011 11:40:40 PM PDT by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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