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Moose hunter fined

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A southern Ontario man has been fined $2,000 for offences related to illegal moose hunting.

Frank Muli of Burlington pleaded guilty, and was fined $1,000 for moose hunting without a licence and $1,000 for allowing the carcass to spoil.

He also is not allowed to hunt in Ontario for two years.

Court heard that last Oct. 19, Muli was hunting for an adult male (bull) moose with four others in the Upsala area, about 140 km west of Thunder Bay.

Muli told a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer that after he spotted a bull and cow moose together in the same area, he fired four times at the bull moose and it ran down a road and died.

Muli advised the officer that as he and his hunting party were field-dressing the bull moose, they noticed a dead cow moose about 30 metres away.

The hunting party then concealed the cow moose carcass with logging debris and left the area.

The group reported the abandoned animal to the ministry the next day—after the moose meat had spoiled.

Muli possessed one moose hunting tag, which was for a calf.

Justice of the Peace Bernard Caron heard the case Aug. 3 in Thunder Bay.

Individual hunters only are permitted to lawfully hunt an adult male, adult female, or a calf depending on the moose tag they possess.

Hunters who mistakenly shoot a moose to which they are not entitled are encouraged to contact a conservation officer immediately.

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).

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