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Hunting moose from a motorboat in northern Ont. nets hunters $19.5K in fines

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Three people from southern Ontario have been fined a total of $19,500 for offences they committed during a moose hunt in October 2022 in northwestern Ontario.

Frederick Evers of Kingsville pleaded guilty to unlawfully hunting big game and discharging a firearm from a motorboat and was fined $9,000. In addition, his hunting licence was suspended for one year.

Michael Boose of Essex pleaded guilty to unlawfully hunting big game and discharging a firearm from a motorboat and was fined $8,500.

Richard McCarty of Wheatley pleaded guilty to unlawfully invalidating a tag with respect to an animal killed by another person and was fined $2,000.

The court heard that on Oct. 14, 2022, conservation officers were conducting a remote moose enforcement flight in the Kenora District and stopped on Lac Seul, where a successful moose hunting group was contacted.

“Through an investigation, it was determined that Evers and Boose shot a cow moose from a motorboat,” the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry said in a news release Friday.

“At the time, they were over 17 kilometres away from the tagholder McCarty, which is contrary to party hunting rules that require them to be within five kilometres of the tag holder.”

Justice of the Peace Gordie McEwen heard Evers’ case remotely in the Ontario Court of Justice in Sioux Lookout on Oct. 12, 2023.

Justice of the Peace Daphne Armstrong heard the cases for Boose and McCarty remotely in the Ontario Court of Justice, Sioux Lookout, on Nov. 22, 2023.

To report a natural resource problem or provide information about an unsolved case, members of the public can call the ministry TIPS line toll-free at 1-877-847-7667.

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