THUNDER BAY – LEGAL – A Nolalu area man has been fined $1,750 for hunting violations.
Benjamin Sheppard pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for failing to immediately attach a seal to a white-tailed deer, and $750 for knowingly making a false statement to a conservation officer.
Court heard that on November 1, 2017, Sheppard was hunting behind his residence where he harvested an antlerless white-tailed deer.
Responding to a tip, conservation officers contacted Sheppard who denied harvesting a deer. Officers later located a white-tailed deer hanging in a building on the property. It was determined that Sheppard shot the deer and didn’t apply his deer game seal as required.
Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbons heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Thunder Bay, on February 7, 2018.
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).