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Too many walleye nets fine

Two U.S. residents have been fined $4,400 for having an over-limit of walleye.

Stanley Kosiorec Jr., of Cranesville, Penn., and James Roesler, of Coon Valley, Wis., both pleaded guilty under the Ontario Fishery Regulations to having an over-limit of walleye and each were fined $2,200.

They also are not allowed to fish in Ontario for one year.

Forest reserve preserved

Ontario is protecting the environment, and giving clarity to developers, by ensuring the Wolf Lake Old Growth Forest in the Timiskaming District remains a protected area.

Retaining Wolf Lake’s Forest Reserve status prohibits the commercial harvesting of old-growth red pine while still allowing for exploration and development of existing mining claims and leases.

Hunter hit with fine

A Fort Frances man has been fined $2,500 for shooting a moose without the proper licence.

John Piotrowski pleaded guilty to unlawfully hunting a cow moose.

In addition to the fine, Piotrowski is banned from hunting in Ontario for one year.

Careless hunting nets man hefty fine

A Dubreuilville man has been fined $4,000 for hunting offences.

Stephane Lavoie pleaded guilty and was fined $2,500 for careless hunting and $1,500 for hunting at night.

He is banned from hunting in Ontario for two years, and must retake the Ontario hunter education course before applying for a future licence.

His rifle also was forfeited permanently to the Crown.

Stay safe on the ice

The Ministry of Natural Resources is reminding anglers to check local ice conditions before heading out to fish.

Ice conditions can be deceptive and variable.

Here are some things to remember:

•Ice does not freeze at a uniform thickness across most lakes and rivers.

Illegal deer hunt costly

Two Kenora men were fined a total of $2,250 for several hunting-related offences.

David Adams pleaded guilty, and was fined $1,000 for unlawfully hunting an antlerless deer and $500 for making a false statement to a Ministry of Natural Resources’ conservation officer.

He also received a one-year hunting suspension and his archery equipment was forfeited to the Crown.