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Missouri bear hunter fined $5,500

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A Missouri man has been fined $5,500 for hunting offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Gregory Evans of Crane pleaded guilty and was fined $2,500 for abandoning a black bear and allowing its flesh to spoil, $2,000 for hunting black bear without a licence, and $1,000 for making a false statement to a conservation officer.

He also received a three-year Ontario hunting licence suspension.

Court heard that last Aug. 17, a conservation officer contacted Evans, who had shot a male black bear earlier that day while hunting along Highway 105, south of Perrault Falls.

The officer determined that between Aug. 15-17, Evans also had shot a small female black bear, which he abandoned in search of a larger, more impressive bear.

Evans only was licensed to harvest one black bear. He also made false statements to the officer regarding the abandoned bear.

Justice of the Peace John Guthrie heard the case May 1 in Kenora.

For further 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.

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