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Road check uncovers violations

The Ministry of Natural Resources laid 17 charges and issued five warnings during an enforcement road check on Highway 11 at Couchiching First Nation on U.S. Memorial Day (May 25).

Conservation officers stopped 680 vehicles and checked 345 non-residents and one resident for compliance with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and the Ontario Fisheries Regulations.

Man fined

A Manitoba man has been fined $3,000 for the illegal possession and transportation of a woodland caribou.

Dale Vandepoele, 41, of Ste. Rose Du Lac, pleaded guilty to three charges under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, of possessing and transporting a caribou hide, and making a false statement to a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer.

More crews off to battle blazes

The Ministry of Natural Resources’ Aviation and Forest Fire Management division is responding to another request for forest firefighter support to British Columbia.

A total of 114 personnel, including two four-person FireRanger crews and one division supervisor from Fort Frances, were set to depart today from Sudbury and Dryden, bound for Prince George, B.C.

Moose hunters fined

Four moose hunters have been convicted of offences related to party hunting and fined a total of $3,000.

The hunters pleaded guilty to offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.

Michael Miesner, 33, of Pine City, Mn., was fined $1,500 for unlawfully hunting a bull moose.

Fish-stocking finishes up

Fish-stocking has wrapped up in waters from the Manitoba border to Manitouwadge, and from Lake Superior to Red Lake.

 The Ministry of Natural Resources stocks fish each year to protect natural fish populations, as well as support year-round fishing opportunities for residents and visitors.

 The ministry stocks about 50 lakes within the Thunder Bay District each spring.

Most anglers obeying rules

The Ministry of Natural Resources laid two charges and issued seven warnings while conducting an enforcement road check on Highway 516, near Sioux Lookout, on Victoria Day (May 18).

Conservation officers from Sioux Lookout District checked 99 individuals for compliance with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and Ontario fisheries regulations.

Weekend fire

The forest fire situation was quiet in the West Fire Region over the weekend, with just one new fire reported in Fort Frances District on Saturday evening.

The 0.1-hectare blaze was the result of an unattended campfire.

It is now “out.”

One weekend fire reported

One new fire was reported in the West Fire Region over the weekend.

The blaze, which has since been extinguished, occurred in the Kenora District late Saturday afternoon.

The forest fire hazard continues to remain “low” across all sections of Northwestern Ontario.