Yukon man, company fined $30K for not cleaning up Whitehorse properties where bears fed on cooking oil

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A Dawson City man and his company must pay $30,000 for failing to ensure the timely clean-up of cooking oil left outside at two Whitehorse properties that attracted bears to the area — three of which had to be euthanized.

Territorial court Judge Karen Ruddy handed down fines to Michele Palma and the Dawson Group of Companies Ltd. (DGC) in a Whitehorse courtroom Friday afternoon.

Palma and DGC were found guilty of three counts of failing to comply with a dangerous wildlife protection order — an offence under the territorial Wildlife Act — in April after a three-day trial last fall. 

The case marked the first time anyone has ever been charged

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