|A hermit thrush who lives on the edge of the wetland.|
I spotted it last spring.
-Milan Kundera, novelist, playwright, and poet (b.1929)
I often read the Ontario MNR News Releases. It isn't amusing and it is shocking. People with no respect for a wetland, or the critters that inhabit it.
This latest report is of a pair who apply for a work permit in 2010 in spring, to build a trail across Crown Land. They are denied the permit. The reason is that this land contains an endangered species, including the eastern fox snake. They are endangered because they are similar to rattle snakes, and people feel obliged to kill those. The thing is, there aren't just snakes, but many critters the snakes keep in check.
Paul VanErp, of Bothwell, Ontario, and Kyle VanDeven, of
Justice of the Peace Diane Lafleur heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in Parry Sound on October 22, 2012.
The fines for VanErp:
The fine for VanDeven:
- $20,000 for damaging endangered species habitat
- $8,000 for constructing a trail on Crown land without a permit
- $5,000 for violating a stop work order.
- $12,000 for damaging endangered species habitat
- $4,000 for constructing a trail on Crown land
- $4,000 for violating a stop work order.
Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf and take an insect view of its plain.
-Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)