Hunters fined after allegedly abandoning moose calf in Northwestern Ontario

Hunters fined after allegedly abandoning moose calf in Northwestern Ontario

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Created: December 04, 2020 06:06 PM

Courts have fined three hunters a combined $10,000 for after a moose calf was allegedly shot out of season and abandoned along a northwestern Ontario highway.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says the violations happened during a hunt near Silver Dollar on Oct. 17, 2018. One man allegedly flushed a moose calf out of the forest towards Highway 599, where a second man allegedly shot the calf twice from across the highway.

The MNRF says calf season was not open at that time and hunting party only had a valid tag for a cow. The calf was abandoned, and the rifle used was dropped in a lake along the route home.

As a result of a Nov. 24 court hearing, a Kilworthy, Ontario, man was fined $1,500 for discharging a firearm down a road, $1,000 for shooting a calf during the closed season, $1,000 for abandoning the calf, $1,000 for obstruction, and $750 for making a false statement to a conservation officer.

Meanwhile, a Toronto man was fined $1,500 for discharging a firearm down a road, $1,000 for shooting a calf during the closed season, and two fines of $750 for two counts of making a false statement to a conservation officer as a result of the Nov. 24 hearing.

Earlier this year, a New Lowell, Ontario, man who was part of the hunting party was fined $750 for making a false statement to a conservation officer.

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