This Alberta golf course groundskeeper found out the hard way:
Peter Francis, a maintenance foreman at the Leduc Golf and Country Club, pleaded guilty yesterday to the rare federal offence of moving migratory birds without a permit. The maximum sentence includes a $300,000 fine and six months in jail per bird.
Mr. Francis later said he gulped when Crown attorney Erin Eacott read out in court the maximum possible consequences for his waterfowl-related crime.
He had moved 80 geese, which were molting and looking after their young at the time, to a nearby lake last June after rounding them up using a rope and herding them into a trailer.
The presiding judge could have sent Mr. Francis to jail for 40 years.
"I didn't know that this law brought so much prison time," Mr. Francis said outside the courthouse in Leduc, which is about half an hour south of Edmonton.
Instead, the judge slapped him with a $500 fine and said that the publicity of the case has likely deterred others from doing the same.
Fine him? Hell, they should have paid him!
The Canada goose, like the Canadian Tire guy and Margaret Atwood, is one of the more annoying symbols of our country.
Yet in a way, it is a perfect symbol of our Canadian (Liberal) values.
It squats in huge flockson private property with no respect to the owners, strips the land bare, keeps shitting all over it, honks and pecks at anyone who gets in their way, then moves on once it's finished ruining the land.
It is all a man can do to keep from grabbing a machine gun and turning a flock of Canada geese into a pile of bloody geese guts. You'd do the same, if you had the opportunity.
Source: Globe and Mail