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Illegal moose hunt nets 15-year licence suspensions

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Jan 21, 2014 - 10:17 AM |
Two Webbwood men have each been fined $1,500 and received a 15-year moose hunting licence suspension for offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, said the Ministry of Natural Resources.

They both pleaded guilty to hunting moose without a licence and making a false statement to a conservation officer.

The court heard that on Nov. 8, 2013, both men were hunting deer in Gough Township, north of Webbwood, and shot a cow and bull moose.

One of the hunters did not have a valid 2013 moose licence while the other had one only valid for a calf moose. Realizing they had killed two adult animals, they attempted to cover up their offences by asking a First Nation person to claim the moose were harvested under traditional hunting rights, which was unsuccessful.

Justice of the Peace Monique Mecheske heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Espanola, on Jan. 9.

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).

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