Turtle poacher sentenced

A Scarborough man with 13 prior convictions under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act — he still owes $27,000 in fines — has been sentenced to 106 days in jail for turtle poaching. In 2007, wildlife officers nabbed Pak Sun Chung with 26 Blanding’s Turtles and a Spotted Turtle near Sarnia; he’d caught them at the nearby Walpole Island First Nation. “It was unclear,” says the Toronto Star’s Iain Marlow, “whether the animals were destined for the underground pet or restaurant trades.” It’s unclear to me whether that level of chronic poaching has any real economic motive or business plan behind it — it feels like the wildlife equivalent of shoplifting.