A Waterloo man has been fined $4,500 for hunting offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.
Hussein Hamid pleaded guilty to unlawfully killing a cow moose and discharging a firearm carelessly.
He was fined $1,500 and $3,000, respectively, for the offences.
In addition to the fines, Hamid received a one-year hunting suspension and must complete the Ontario Hunter Education Course before he can purchase another hunting licence.
Court heard that on Oct. 17, conservation officers responded to Hamid, who reported that while he had a licence to hunt a bull moose, he inadvertently had shot a cow moose instead.
But the investigation determined he stood in the middle of Black Sturgeon Road, northwest of Nipigon, and shot down the roadway illegally.
The moose was forfeited to the Crown and donated to a local First Nation.
Justice of the Peace A. Gibbon heard the case Feb. 26 in Nipigon.
The ministry reminds the public that it is illegal and unsafe to shoot from, down, or across a public road when hunting.
It also is the responsibility of the hunter to take proper steps to harvest only the big game that they are licensed to hunt.
For more information on hunting regulations, consult the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary available at ontario.ca/hunting
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).