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Three men fined for illegal moose hunt

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Two southern Ontario men and one Missouri resident have been convicted of offences relating to the illegal hunting of moose in 2007.

Ronald James Cook, 42, of Gravenhurst, was convicted of illegally hunting a bull moose without a licence, possessing and transporting illegally-killed wildlife, and having a void licence.

He was fined $2,825, and his hunting licence was suspended for two years.

Jason Cook, 40, a permanent resident of Columbia, Miss. who used to live in Peterborough, Ont., also was charged with illegally hunting a bull moose without a licence, possessing and transporting illegally-killed wildlife, and having a void licence.

He was fined $5,500 and received a two-year hunting suspension.

Klaus Rohrich, 63, of Cobourg, was convicted of failing to properly attach a game seal to a bull moose and providing a false statement.

He was fined $2,500.

On Oct. 9, 2007, a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer checked a hunting party of four at a camp on Flanders Road. Rohrich stated he had a bull moose tag, but further investigation revealed he had not been issued a bull tag.

Rohrich then admitted the party had killed a bull moose three days earlier.

The moose had been shot by Jason Cook, who had taken the meat from the camp.

Jason Cook had made a false application to obtain a resident hunting licence and tag illegally, although he had not resided in Canada since 1992.

Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the Rohrich and Jason Cook cases in Atikokan on Oct. 23, 2008.

James Cook’s case was heard in Bracebridge on Jan. 8, 2008.

To report a natural resource violation, call toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) any time or contact your local MNR office during regular business hours.

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

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