A Minnesota man has been fined for a bait violation.
Duane T. Hanson of Spicer pleaded guilty, and was fined $1,500, for illegally bringing live leeches into Ontario.
Court heard that on June 11, Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Fort Frances port-of-entry conducted an inspection of Hanson's vehicle and found two containers of live leeches in a cooler.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers then verified that Hanson was on his way to fish in Ontario waters and was intending to use the leeches as bait.
Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case here Jan. 12.
The public is reminded that importing live organisms can threaten aquatic ecosystems by introducing invasive species and transmitting pathogens such as parasites, viruses, and bacteria not native to Ontario.
For further information on fishing regulations, consult the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary, available at ontario.ca/fishing
To report a natural resources violation, call toll-free 1-877-847-7667 any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.
You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).