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Watch out for bears

The Ministry of Natural Resources is asking residents to be aware of bears in the Fort Frances area, and to take the necessary steps to avoid attracting them into local neighbourhoods.

Over the past several weeks, people in the Fort Frances area have reported almost 30 conflicts with black bears.

Buildings net fine

A Kaministiquia-based business has been convicted of illegally-building on Crown land.

Seargeant Picard Inc. was convicted of building on Crown land without a permit and fined $26,000.

Court heard that in 2007, Seargeant Picard Inc. was contracted to design and build a home and outbuildings on Shebandowan Lake, about 85 km west of Thunder Bay.

Moose hunter fined

A southern Ontario man has been fined $2,000 for offences related to illegal moose hunting.

Frank Muli of Burlington pleaded guilty, and was fined $1,000 for moose hunting without a licence and $1,000 for allowing the carcass to spoil.

He also is not allowed to hunt in Ontario for two years.

Creel survey underway

The Ministry of Natural Resources is conducting a roving creel survey on Rainy Lake until Sept. 30.

The goal of this survey of anglers and their catch is to assess the status of the sport fishery and health of fish populations in Rainy Lake, as well as to ensure the fishery is meeting management objectives and is sustainable.

Lightning sparks rash of new fires

Lightning caused most of the 36 new fires in the province Friday, including five reported in Fort Frances District, nine in Kenora District, and three in Dryden District.

As of this morning, only one of those five new fires in the Fort Frances District continued to burn “under control” at 0.8 hectares in size just west of Mine Centre.

Shooting wolf costly

A Wisconsin man was $1,500 for offences related to wolf hunting.

Scott Jorgensen of Hayward pleaded guilty to illegally hunting a fur-bearing mammal without a licence, abandoning the pelt, and making a false statement to a conservation officer.

Court heard that back on Nov. 14, Jorgensen shot a timber wolf while hunting deer on private land in the Dryden area.