https://www.thespec.com/news/hamilton-region/2020/12/18/haldimand-residents-facing-fines-for-black-bear-hunting-violations.html

12/18/2020

Two Haldimand residents are facing a combined $3,000 in fines from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and one is also being ordered to forfeit a gun as a result of hunting violations.

On Aug. 24, 2019, conservation officers contacted a Selkirk and Fisherville resident as they were coming home from their temporary residence in St. John Township.

“The two had been hunting for black bear beyond legal hunting time over a known bear baiting station. Upon inspection, an un-encased, loaded firearm was discovered on their all-terrain vehicle. A scope with night vision capability and infrared lighting was attached to the firearm,” stated a Dec. 11 press release, issued by the ministry.

The Fisherville resident’s case was heard in person by justice of the peace François Cloutier of the Ontario Court of Justice, Timmins on Feb. 13.

He pleaded guilty to two offences, and was fined a total of $1,000: $500 for unlawfully hunting black bear at night and $500 for having a loaded firearm on an all-terrain vehicle. He was ordered to forfeit his gun.

The Selkirk resident’s case was heard virtually on Nov. 19. They were fined a total of $2,000 for unlawfully hunting black bear at night and for having a loaded firearm on an all-terrain vehicle.

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 or contact your local ministry office. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). For more information about unsolved cases, please visit ontario.ca/mnrftips.

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