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Caching boats nets costly fine

A Balmertown resident must pay $1,600 for caching boats on Crown land without authorization.

Matthew Kehoe was convicted under the Public Lands Act and fined a total of $1,000 for unlawfully caching six aluminium boats on Crown land.

He also was fined $600 under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserve Act for keeping a boat cache in a conservation reserve.

Caribou surveys wrap up

This winter, the Ministry of Natural Resources once again conducted aerial caribou surveys throughout Northwestern Ontario.

These surveys help the ministry to monitor the population health of forest-dwelling woodland caribou, as well as determine caribou distribution during winter across the surveyed areas.

Lodge manager fined

The manager of a fishing lodge in Rainy River District has been fined a total of $2,250 for charges related to disobeying a sign and caching an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in a conservation reserve.

Vincent Armstrong of Atikokan, manager of Tip Top Wilderness Lodge, a fly-in fishing resort on Sandford Lake north of Atikokan, was fined $1,750 for disobeying a posted sign.

Hunter fined

A Fort Frances resident has been fined $1,200 for charges related to illegal deer hunting.

James Carlson was convicted under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and fined $1,200 for failing to immediately attach a game seal to a harvested animal.

Hunters fined $2,750

Three Ontario residents have been fined a total of $2,750 for charges related to illegal moose hunting.

Jim Martin of Owen Sound was convicted under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and fined $2,250 for discharging a firearm across a highway, possessing illegally-killed wildlife, and providing false information to a conservation officer.

Michigan trio fined

Three Michigan men have been fined a total of $7,250 for illegal deer-hunting activities and face several years of hunting suspensions.

Bruce Hansen of Traverse City was fined $3,250 ,and is banned from hunting in Ontario for three years, for abandoning a white-tailed deer and littering.

Shooting from road nets fine

An Ontario resident has been fined for shooting at a deer from a roadway.

Donna Parise of Terrace Bay pleaded guilty to shooting from a roadway and was fined $1,000.

Court heard that on Oct. 23, conservation officers received a call that a high-powered rifle had been discharged off Villeneuve Road in Kenora.

Officers met Parise on Villeneuve Road.

Shooting wolf nets man fine

A Kenora resident has been fined $1,500 for offences related to wolf hunting.

Jacques Choquette was fined $1,000 for abandoning the wolf pelt and $500 for failing to attach a game seal to the wolf.

Court heard that on Oct. 16, conservation officers came across Choquette and his hunting group off the Ena Lake Road in the District of Kenora.

Aerial surveys tracking moose

Ministry of Natural Resources’ biologists once again are taking to the skies this winter to track moose populations.

Moose aerial inventory surveys are conducted each year in selected Wildlife Management Units across the province, including WMU 12A in Fort Frances District, WMU 7A/7B in Kenora District, and WMU 8 in Dryden District.

Deer test negative for CWD

The Ministry of Natural Resources’ chronic wasting disease surveillance program for 2010 received a great response from the public.

With the help of local media coverage, the ministry received 1,393 deer heads and is happy to report all of them tested negative for chronic wasting disease.