Crimebeat – Hunting offenses result in fines

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crimebeat Thunder BayKENORA – Crimebeat – Two Kenora men have been fined a total of $2,250 for several hunting-related offences. David Adams pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for unlawfully hunting an antlerless deer and $500 for making a false statement to a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer. He received a one-year hunting suspension and his archery equipment was forfeited to the Crown.

Victor Longe pleaded guilty and was fined $750 for two counts of illegally possessing wildlife. The court heard that on October 26, 2011 conservation officers came across Adams on the English River Road near Kenora. The officers found evidence that Adams had recently harvested a deer, which Adams denied. Further investigation revealed that, three days earlier, Adams had killed an antlerless deer for which he did not have a tag. Officers subsequently went to Longe’s residence and recovered Adams’ harvested deer, along with parts of a second deer.

Justice of the Peace Robert McNally heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Kenora, on January 10, 2012.

In another incident, a Vermilion Bay man received a hefty fine for illegally killing a wolf. Trevor Robinson pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for hunting and killing a wolf without a licence.

The court heard that in the fall of 2011, Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers received information that Robinson had harvested a wolf without a licence. An investigation revealed that in November 2008, Robinson shot a wolf along Little Clay Road near Vermilion Bay. Robinson was not licensed to hunt wolves and had another person attach a seal to the wolf.

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).

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