RED LAKE = Two Arden men have been fined $1,500 for bear hunting offences.
Harvey Dennis Blake pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for hunting black bear without a licence. Andrew Blake pleaded guilty and was fined $500 for attaching his seal to a black bear killed by another person.
Court heard that on September 27, 2016, Harvey Blake shot a cinnamon-phase black bear while hunting in a remote area northeast of Ear Falls. He did not have a valid black bear hunting licence. Further investigation determined that Andrew Blake, who was licensed to hunt black bears, unlawfully attached his seal to the bear that had been shot illegally. The cinnamon-phase black bear, which is uncommon in this part of the province, was seized and permanently forfeited to the Crown.
Justice of the Peace Edith Baas heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Red Lake, on December 14, 2016.
MNRF reminds the public that in order to party hunt lawfully, every member of the party must be licensed to hunt that particular species of game.
For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary available at ontario.ca/hunting.
To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 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).