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Seven Ontario men have been fined a total of $19,250 for moose hunting offences.

Michael Glofcheskie of Barry's Bay pleaded guilty and was fined $3,000 for hunting moose without a licence, $1,500 for attaching a calf game seal to a cow moose, $1,000 for possessing illegally-killed wildlife, and $1,000 for making a false statement to a conservation officer.

He also received a one-year hunting suspension.

Patrick Kuiack of Barry's Bay pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for failing to leave his game seal attached to a moose while it was in transport, $1,000 for possessing illegally-killed wildlife, and $1,000 for making a false statement to a conservation officer.

Richard Strack of Barry's Bay pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500 for using a void game seal and $1,000 for possessing illegally-killed wildlife.

Garry Chapeskie, Kevin Chapeskie, and Robert Cybulski, all of Barry's Bay, pleaded guilty and each were fined $1,000 for possessing illegally-killed wildlife and $750 for making a false statement to a conservation officer.

Vincent Strack of Sault Ste. Marie pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for possessing illegally-killed wildlife and $1,000 for making a false statement to a conservation officer.

Court heard that back on Oct. 24, the men were hunting as a party and had a licence to hunt one cow moose.

Kevin Chapeskie harvested a cow moose. A short time later, Glofcheskie shot a second cow moose.

The hunters used the valid game seal to transport one cow moose to their camp. They then reused the game seal to transport the second moose.

The following day, members of the hunting group were contacted by a conservation officer on Brule Creek Road, west of Thunder Bay.

The hunters told the officer they were transporting a calf moose. It later was determined the animal was a cow moose.

An investigation determined members of the hunting group were trying to conceal the fact they had harvested two cow moose and reused a game seal.

Both moose were seized and forfeited to the Crown.

Justice of the Peace Denette Maslach heard the case April 5 in Thunder Bay.

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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