DRYDEN – Crime News – An Ignace resident has been fined $400 for leaving his camper trailer on Crown land for too long.
Leon Ray pleaded guilty and was fined under the Public Lands Act for unlawfully depositing a camper trailer on Crown land.
The court heard that on June 27, 2013, Ministry of Natural Resources staff responded to a public complaint that several camper trailers had been parked for too long at a campsite at Beidelman Bay on Sturgeon Lake, north of Ignace.
Ministry staff posted letters on each trailer explaining that camping on Crown land is limited to 21 days on one site per year. Following the notification, all trailers had been moved, except one. After repeated attempts to contact the owner, the ministry removed and held the remaining trailer. The owner was later identified and charged.
Justice of the Peace Daisy Hoppe heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Ignace, on November 27, 2013.
The ministry reminds the public that, under the Public Lands Act, it is an offence to camp on Crown land for more than 21 days in the same spot, per year.
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).