Illegal Hunting Snags Etobicoke Man $2,400 in Fines

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TORONTO – Crime – Illegal hunting is a problem for all Ontarians. An Etobicoke man has been fined a total of $2,400 for offences related to illegally obtained hunting licences. Ivan Grbavac pleaded guilty and was fined $800 for having an invalid resident deer hunting licence and $1,600 for hunting moose without a licence. In addition to the fine, Grbavac was prohibited from hunting in Ontario for the next three years.

The court heard that an investigation by Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers determined that Grbavac used a deceased friend’s hunting licence information to obtain big game hunting licences and validation tags in 2009 and 2010. The officers also discovered that in 2009, one of the tags illegally obtained by Grbavac was affixed to a moose that he had killed in the Graham area.

Justice of the Peace Peter Gettlich heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Toronto, on January 10, 2013.

The public is reminded that a hunting licence obtained using false or misleading information is not valid.

Hunting Regulations

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

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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