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Shooting moose from road costly

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Three Dryden residents have been fined a total of $4,200 for illegal moose hunting.

Edward Smith was fined $2,600 for shooting a moose from a road and being in possession of illegally-killed wildlife.

He is banned from hunting in Ontario for two years, and the moose was forfeited to the Crown.

A firearm and an ATV also were seized, which will be returned upon payment of the fine.

Meanwhile, Lisa and Russell Smith each were fined $800 for being in possession of illegally-killed wildlife.

They both are banned from hunting in Ontario for one year.

Court heard that on Dec. 4, 2010, the three Smiths were hunting on the Century/Beaverhouse Road southwest of Dryden when they came upon a bull moose.

Edward Smith left the vehicle and shot the moose while standing on the road.

The moose ran into surrounding bush but was retrieved by the hunting party.

Justice of the Peace Edith Baas heard the case Jan. 17 in Dryden.

The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds hunters that it is illegal to shoot from, down, or across a public road.

For further information on hunting regulations, consult the 2010-11 Hunting Regulations Summary, which is 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).

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