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Hunting trio hit with littering fines

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Three men have been fined a total of $1,500 for leaving litter behind at their moose hunting camp.

Kevin Gibbons of Woodlawn, Jody Watts of Nepean, and William Vyse of Ottawa all pleaded guilty and each were fined $500 for depositing litter in a provincial park.

Court heard that in October, 2016, conservation officers received a tip about a large amount of litter left behind at a moose hunting camp in Sedgman Lake Provincial Park, a nature reserve.

An investigation by conservation officers from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's Nipigon and Kemptville enforcement units determined the hunters had been camped at this location during an early-season moose hunt.

At the end of their hunt, they vacated the site but left behind a significant amount of litter, including tarps, beer cans, a barbecue, and other garbage.

Justice of the Peace Bernard Caron heard the case Dec. 19 in Geraldton.

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).

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