Dryden Man Fined $1400 for Abandoning Fish

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DRYDEN – Stanley Hazlewood of Dryden was fined $1,400 for abandoning four northern pike while ice fishing. Hazlewood also received a two-year probation order under which he is not allowed to fish in the province of Ontario, or possess fishing equipment.

Court heard that on February 23, 2020, conservation officers observed Hazlewood fishing walleye north of Dryden. During his time fishing, there were four northern pike caught and left on the ice. After a period of time, officers observed all four fish being put down the fishing holes and left abandoned. Hazlewood was contacted shortly after and subsequently charged.

Justice of the Peace Patricia Clysdale-Cornell heard the case against Hazlewood in the Ontario Court of Justice, Dryden, on May 4, 2021.

Conservation officers continue to patrol and protect our natural resources during the current COVID-19 pandemic and would like to remind everyone that by respecting seasons, sanctuaries, bag and possession limits, we all help ensure our natural resources stay healthy. Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

To report a natural resource violation or provide information about an unsolved case, members of the public can call the ministry TIPS line toll free at 1-877-847-7667. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS. For more information about unsolved cases, please visit ontario.ca/mnrftips.