Four Aylmer residents have been fined a total of $4,500 for charges related to illegal moose hunting.
Michael McCreadie was fined $1,000 for hunting without a licence while Paul Ward and Max Ward were fined $1,000 and $500, respectively, for unlawful possession of wildlife and $750 each for providing false information to a Ministry of Natural Resources’ conservation officer.
James Goldrick was fined $500 for unlawful possession of wildlife.
All pleaded guilty to the charges.
Court heard that on Sept. 28, during a routine patrol on Lily Lake Road west of Thunder Bay, officers contacted the hunting party, which had a freshly-harvested bull moose McCreadie had killed with archery equipment earlier that day.
Paul Ward affixed his bull moose game seal, valid for use in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 12A, to the animal, although the moose actually was killed in WMU 12B.
He knowingly misled officers about his understanding of which WMU he was hunting in.
Both Paul Ward and Max Ward provided false information to officers by telling them that the game seal was wrong because a ministry employee had incorrectly filled out their application form.
Goldrick helped the three men field dress and quarter the moose.
Justice of the Peace Joseph A.B. Caron heard the case March 7 in Thunder Bay.
For more information on hunting regulations, consult the 2011-2012 Hunting Regulations Summary, available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, from licence issuers, and at ontario.ca/hunting
To report a natural resources 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).