Atikokan man fined over illegal moose hunt

MNR Fishing
photo from Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

MNR Fishing
photo from Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

ATIKOKAN – An Atikokan man, Jesse Anderson has been fined for illegal moose hunting. Anderson pleaded guilty for hunting moose without a licence and has been fined $1,000.

Court heard that on October 7, 2012,Andersonwas hunting moose with two other individuals nearCamp River Road in Atikokan. Anderson mistakenly shot a cow moose which he thought was a calf, and immediately reported the error.

However, when a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer attended the scene and asked to see Anderson’s moose hunting licence, he was unable to produce one. Further investigation revealed thatAndersonhad not purchased a 2012 licence to hunt moose.  While the other two members of the hunting party had purchased 2012 moose licences, there were no adult moose validation tags in the group.

Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Atikokan, on November 22, 2012.

For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the 2012-2013 Hunting Regulations Summary, available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, from licence issuers and at ontario.ca/hunting.

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.  You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).