Wisconsin Man Fined $3000 for Hunting Violations


FORT FRANCES – A Wisconsin man has been fined $3,000 for an offence under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Brian Bates of Hortonville pleaded guilty and was fined $3,000 for discharging a firearm without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for people and property. He also received a one-year hunting suspension and must complete the Ontario Hunter Education Course before being able to apply for another licence.

Court heard that on October 22, 2017, a Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officer investigated and determined that Bates was standing on Cedar Narrows Road in the District of Kenora when he shot down the roadway at a bull moose which was also standing on the road.

Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Fort Frances, on March 2, 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).

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