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A Red Lake man has been fined $4,500 for hunting at night.

Kenneth Burgess was found guilty at trial and fined $4,500 for unlawfully hunting at night.

He also received a two-year hunting suspension.

Court heard that on Dec. 3, 2015, conservation officers were patrolling Highway 105, south of Ear Falls, at night when they observed a vehicle illuminating the highway with bright lights.

The vehicle slowed down multiple times for moose on the roadside.

The officers stopped the vehicle and found an unencased high-powered rifle owned by Burgess.

An investigation concluded Burgess was hunting at the time.

Justice of the Peace Edith Baas heard the case back on Oct. 26 in Red Lake but just released her decision on April 26.

The public is reminded that hunting for big-game animals at night is illegal.

Firearms must be unloaded and encased from half-an-hour after sunset to half-an-hour before sunrise.

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.

You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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