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Selling moose antlers costly

A Dryden-area man has been fined $2,100 unlawfully selling moose antlers.

Clifford Wise, of Eagle River, was convicted under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and fined $1,500 for unlawfully selling moose antlers.

He also was fined $600 for providing false information to a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer.

Help to protect our bats

Five years ago in upstate New York, bats started dying from a mysterious condition.

Dubbed “white nose syndrome” because of a fungus that grew on affected bats, it has now killed more than a million bats in eastern North America.

Earlier this year, the syndrome was detected in Ontario. It has been confirmed at seven sites in central and northeastern Ontario.

Trio fined for too many pike

Three Michigan men have been fined a total of $1,350 for having more than the legal limit of northern pike.

Scott King and John Young of Constantine, along with Russell Reiff of Three Rivers, were found guilty and fined $450 each.

The fish were forfeited to the Crown and donated to a charity.

Area hunter fined, banned

A Sioux Narrows man has been fined and received a temporary hunting ban as a result of an illegal deer hunting offence.

Christopher Frenette was convicted under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and fined $800 for failing to immediately attach a game seal to a harvested animal at the kill site.

He also is prohibited from hunting in Ontario for one year.

Man fined for too many trout

A Northern Ontario man has been fined a total of $1,000 for catching and keeping too many brook trout and providing misleading information to a conservation officer.

Michel Begin of Marathon was fined $750 for unlawfully possessing fish that did not comply with the sport-fishing size limit and $250 for knowingly making a misleading statement to a conservation officer.

Bear hunter fined

A Colorado man has been fined $2,500 for shooting a black bear without a valid licence.

Levi Larsen, of Denver, was fined $1,000 for unlawfully hunting a black bear, $1,000 for possessing a void licence, and $500 for exporting the bear out of Ontario without a permit.

He is banned from hunting in Ontario for one year, and the bear was forfeited to the Crown.

Constructing trail nets fine

Two Nipigon-area men have been fined $2,000 for constructing a trail in the Nipigon Palisades Conservation Reserve.

Robert Bearman and Robert Thorsteinson pleaded guilty to constructing a trail without a work permit in violation of the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act.

They each were fined $1,000.

Leaving moose to rot costly

An Illinois man has been fined $2,000 for shooting a moose from a road and leaving the carcass to spoil.

Michael Steward of Belvidere pleaded guilty to discharging a firearm on or across a road and abandoning the moose carcass.

In addition to the fine, Steward is banned from hunting in Ontario for two years.

Tourist operators get fined

Two Red Lake tourist operators have been fined a total of $5,000 for several fishing-related offences.

Heinz and Ingrid Schwerdtfeger, operators of Stormer Lake Wilderness Lodge in Red Lake, were charged under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

He was fined $2,500 for selling baitfish without the authority of a licence.