DRYDEN – Crime News – A southern Ontario man has been fined $1,000 for unlawfully hunting wolf. Neil Whitmore of Rockwood pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for hunting wolf without a licence. The wolf he harvested was seized and forfeited to the Crown.
Court was told that on October 18, 2012, while on routine patrol, conservation officers contacted Whitmore at his hunting party camp on the side of Segise Road, north of Kenora. A wolf that Whitmore had shot dead in the area earlier that day was lying in the bush behind his hunt camp. Whitmore told officers that he did not have the required game hunting seal to affix to the wolf, but was waiting for another member of his hunting party to come and affix his seal to Whitmore’s wolf.
Party hunting of wolves is not permitted in Ontario. Whitmore’s rifle was seized by the officers and will be returned once his fine is paid.
Justice of the Peace Daisy Hoppe heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Dryden, on December 18, 2012.
Crime News: Hunting Rules Backgrounder
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).