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Fort hunter fined for offences

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A Fort Frances man has been fined $2,800 for hunting offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Michael Shine pleaded guilty and was fined $2,000 for careless hunting and $800 for trespassing to hunt.

He also received a probation order to complete 50 hours of community service work and has been suspended from hunting for three years.

Shine successfully must complete the Ontario Hunter Education Course before being able to apply for another hunting licence.

Court heard that on Nov. 4, 2016, Shine was hunting on Bolen Road near Barwick when he spotted three deer in a field on private property.

While standing on the road, Shine fired his rifle three times at the deer—in the direction of a hunter who was sitting in a tree-stand.

The hunter feared for his safety and was able to relay information to conservation officers through a third party.

Officers from Fort Frances and the ministry's canine unit attended the scene.

Further investigation revealed Shine did not have the landowner's permission to hunt on their property.

Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case April 13 in Fort Frances.

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).

As well, visit Ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases.

You may be able to provide information that will help solve a case.

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