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Moose hunter nabbed

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A Thunder Bay man has been fined $5,000 and suspended for illegal moose-hunting offences.

Clarence Roberts was convicted and fined $5,000 for careless hunting, received a five-year hunting suspension, and must take the Ontario Hunter Education Course before he can purchase another Ontario hunting licence.

He also received a one-year suspended sentence for shooting from a roadway.

Court heard that on Sept. 20, 2014, conservation officers contacted a man who shot a moose while on Pikitigushi Road in the Armstrong area.

Further investigation determined two men witnessed and video-recorded the shooting.

The court learned through witness testimony and the contents of the video that Roberts had fired his rifle twice at the moose down the road—past the two men in a vehicle.

One of the two bullets hit the moose, which later was seized and donated to a local First Nation.

Justice of the Peace J.A. Bernard Caron heard the case Nov. 20-21 in Thunder Bay.

The decision was rendered on Dec. 11, followed by sentencing the next day.

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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