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Re: Bambiraptor tedium

Canadian federal laws are very different from provincial laws.

Federal laws basically pertain to the exportation of fossil materials.  Any
item with a value of more than $500 needs a permit, as does any amount of
amber, or quantities of bulk material over a certain weight.  Type specimens
of any value also need permits.

This is for the EXPORT of fossils from canada, and has nothing to do with
the collection of fossils within Canada.

Regulations pertaining to the collection of fossils vary from province to

It is interesting to note that on more than one occasion Americans have been
caught decimating canadian fossil localities.  Contrary to the opinions of
some listmembers, there are far more Americans coming to Canada, collecting
illegally and exporting illegally than there are Canadians doing the same in
the USA.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gary Pomreinke" <turock@telusplanet.net>
To: <dinogami@hotmail.com>; <>
Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2000 2:03 PM
Subject: Re: Bambiraptor tedium

> Jerry
> Here in Canada, the laws are very ambiguous. First off, only surface
> collecting is allowed. Permits are needed to dig, like Canada Fossils Inc.
> have.  The way I understand the law is, whether they are collected on
> private or crown land (read BLM), they are property of the government, but
> the individual who finds them is the steward of the fossil. The said
> should then bring the specimen to an institution, only for it to never see
> the light of day again. If it is not very important scientifically, then
> MAY be returned to the steward. Also, I forgot to mention, the private
> landowner has no right to fossils collected on his/her property unless
> collected by him/herself. If he gives permission, too bad! That is how it
> should have went with Sue. I may not be totally correct on the fine print,
> but thats how I understand them.
> Gary
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jerry D. Harris <dinogami@hotmail.com>
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Date: November 22, 2000 12:35 PM
> Subject: Re: Bambiraptor tedium
> >Fabio Dalla Vecchia wrote:
> >
> >>I know one: Italy.
> >>Here all the fossils are State property.
> >
> >   Someone with more knowledge than I please pipe in here, but are the
> >in Canada not similar?  As I understand it, in Canada, all fossils (or
> >vertebrates, at least), are considered the property of the government,
> >regardless of whether they come from private or public land.  The
> >government, however, acknowledges that since it cannot possibly collect
> >reposit every single fossil, allows fossils from private land to be held
> >the land owner until such time that it need be reclaimed for the public
> >trust (i.e., turned over to a museum, etc. for study)...?
> >
> >
> >
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