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Blitzes net several charges

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Most hunters and anglers stopped during a recent road check station on Highway 502 were found to be obeying Ontario's hunting and fishing regulations.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers conducted an enforcement blitz Aug. 18.

Officers were checking for compliance with local and regional hunting and fishing regulations, paying special attention to the over-harvest of fish and wildlife.

Conservation officers checked 370 individuals, primarily from the U.S., during the six-hour operation.

They issued 11 charges for fish- and wildlife-related offences, including:

  • possessing too many fish; and
  • failing to provide information on a big game seal.

Meanwhile, 19 charges were laid and 16 warnings issued during a one-day enforcement blitz at the Ontario-Minnesota border at Pigeon River.

On Aug. 19, conservation officers from the Thunder Bay, Nipigon, and Dryden Enforcement Units, as well as the Canine Unit, inspected anglers and hunters from the U.S. returning home.

Officers were checking for compliance with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and the Ontario fishery regulations for over-limits, fish packaging, and black bears being exported.

Charges and warnings were issued for:

  • having a loaded firearm in a vehicle;
  • packing fish in a manner so that they could not be counted or identified;
  • having an over-limit of fish;
  • transporting fish unlawfully taken or possessed; and
  • camping on Crown land without a permit.

As a result of this border inspection, 39 walleye, two northern pike, five yellow perch, and one black bear were seized.

One investigation has been initiated regarding the attempted export of a black bear.

Conservation officers also used these enforcement blitzes to educate the public about the spread of invasive species, the effects of over-harvesting, and hunter safety.

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).

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