A Michigan resident and two Ontario residents have pleaded guilty to illegally hunting moose using an invalid Ontario Resident Outdoors Card and moose seal.
Angelo Dimeo, of East Lansing, Michigan, was fined $2,500 and received a three-year hunting suspension. Augusto D’Alfonso, of Windsor, was fined $2,000 and Peter Pawlowicz, of Harrow, was fined $1,500 for their part in the hunt.
The moose was forfeited to the Crown and donated to the Red Lake homeless shelter. Firearms will be returned upon payment of fines.
Dimeo was picked up by his Ontario hunting partners Pawlowicz and D’Alfonso on their way to the Red Lake area to hunt. Even though he is a non-resident, Dimeo applied for and drew an adult moose tag in the 2007 resident draw. The group harvested a bull moose that year.
In the fall of 2007, conservation officers checked the party and learned that Dimeo was in fact a non-resident and the bull moose seal was unlawfully obtained.
Justice of the Peace Marj Pasloski heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Red Lake, on June 10, 2009, where the party entered a guilty plea.
Only Ontario resident hunters can exercise resident hunting privileges, including participation in the annual moose draw. Non-resident hunters must employ the services of a tourist outfitter.
To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local Ministry of Natural Resources office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).