KAWARTHA LAKES-Three men have been fined a total of $14,500 for illegal moose hunting activities involving a cow moose that occurred in the City of Kawartha Lakes in October.
Marshall Thompson of Orillia pleaded guilty and was fined $4,000 for unlawfully hunting a cow moose without a licence and $2,000 for unlawfully using a licence, or component of a licence, issued to someone else. In addition, he received a one-year hunting licence suspension.
Karl Thiel of Cayuga pleaded guilty and was fined $4,000 for unlawfully hunting a cow moose without a licence and $500 for failing to submit his moose hunter report by December 29. In addition, he received a one-year hunting licence suspension.
Addison Thompson of Bracebridge pleaded guilty and was fined $3,000 for enabling someone else to unlawfully use a licence, or component of a licence, issued to himself and $1,000 for making a false statement in a document.
A Lindsay court heard that on October 21, 2021, a conservation officer was conducting an ATV patrol in the vicinity of Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park and checked a hunting group heading home. The group had been hunting moose in Longford Township and had harvested a cow and calf moose, both of which had already been brought to the butcher according to the Ministry of Natural Resources. Officials say it was later determined that the cow moose tag holder, did not go hunting and had provided his tag to another hunter. The hunting group decided they would use the cow tag if they saw a cow moose, despite the tag holder not being there. Officials say a mandatory moose hunter report was then filled out using false information.
Justice of the Peace Herbert Radtke heard the case remotely in the Ontario Court of Justice, Lindsay, on October 17, 2022.
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