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Fire hazard dampened

The recent rain trend is forecast to continue through to at least mid-week, with predicted amounts of rainfall of 10-20 mm for the southern sectors of the Northwest Region by day’s end.

Thunderstorms also are forecast to occur close to the Minnesota border through to Lake Superior.

Forestry offences net fines

A Kenora man has been fined a total of $14,000 for violations against the Aggregate Resources Act and the Crown Forest Sustainability Act.

Roland Roen was fined $10,000 for 13 counts of failure to pay annual fees and seven counts of failing to file annual production reports with the Ontario Aggregate Resources Corp. for his aggregate permits.

Moose hunter fined

A Mine Centre man has been fined $2,500 for illegal moose hunting.

Myron Huber pleaded guilty to unlawfully hunting a bull moose.

In addition to the fine, Huber is banned from hunting in Ontario for one year.

His rifle was seized and will be returned upon payment of the fine.

Program aimed at first-time campers

Ontario is helping more first-time campers experience the great outdoors by expanding its “Learn to Camp” program in provincial parks across the province.

Murphys Point, Six Mile Lake, and The Pinery provincial parks now will offer “Learn to Camp,” in addition to Bronte Creek, Darlington, and Sibbald Point, which all offered the program last year.

Illegal water crossing costly

A tourist outfitter and contractor have been fined for building an illegal water crossing.

Judy Henrickson of Sioux Lookout and Daniel Desmarais of Vermilion Bay both pleaded guilty under the Public Lands Act.

They were fined $2,000 and $4,000, respectively, for constructing a water crossing on Crown land without the required work permit.

Wolf hunters handed fines

Three southern Ontario men have been fined a total of $4,750 for illegal wolf hunting.

Douglas McDonald of Chepstow pleaded guilty, and was fined $2,500, for possessing illegally-killed wildlife.

Craig England of Brampton pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500 for possessing illegally-killed wildlife and tagging a wolf killed by another person.

Hunting party fined

Two Devlin men have been fined a total of $2,700 for not following party hunting rules while moose hunting.

Allan Jerry was fined $1,950 for hunting big game without a licence and providing a false statement to a conservation officer.

His firearm was seized and will be returned upon payment of the fines.

Stiff penalty over baitfish

A tourist outfitter operating in the Hornepayne area has pleaded guilty to various offences relating to baitfish.

The company was fined a total of $2,000 as a part of a negotiated guilty plea.

Granitehill Resorts Inc. was fined $1,000 for unlawfully harvesting baitfish without a licence and $1,000 for unlawfully selling the baitfish to its clients.

Four moose hunters hit with fine

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.