NIPIGON – A Scarborough man has been fined for illegal wolf hunting after he shot and killed a dog. The wolf hunter, Paul Karda pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for unlawfully hunting wolves without a licence. He is also not allowed to hunt in Ontario for a year.
The court heard that on October 19, 2011, a conservation officer responded to a complaint from Longlac residents that during a trip to the bush near Klotz Lake, their family dog was shot and killed. The officer’s investigation found that Karda was moose hunting in the area when he spotted the dog on a road and shot it. He later dragged the dog off the road and hid it. Witnesses heard Karda say he thought it was a wolf. He did not have a wolf hunting licence.
The MNR states, a hunter may only hunt wolves and coyotes under the authority of a small game licence.
Justice of the Peace Ray Zuliani heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Thunder Bay, on July 3, 2013.
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