Ministry of Natural Resources laid 20 charges and issued 78 warnings

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MNRATIKOKAN – The Ministry of Natural Resources laid 20 charges and issued 78 warnings during a four-day enforcement blitz on Basswood Lake, located on the Canada/U.S. border south of Atikokan, Ontario. From July 16 to 19, conservation officers from Fort Frances District along with park wardens from Quetico Provincial Park checked 169 individuals for compliance with fishing, boating and park regulations.

Charges and warnings were issued for offences including:

* Fishing without a licence
* Fishing without having licence on person
* Having an over-limit of fish
* Possessing fish of a prohibited length
* Fishing with barbed hooks
* Importing live bait into Ontario
* Not having a park permit

* Operating a power boat in Quetico Provincial Park

* Fishing with live bait in Quetico Provincial Park

Conservation officers and park wardens occasionally use enforcement blitzes and border point/roadside check stations to enforce fish and wildlife regulations.

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

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