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Moose left to suffer for days

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Five Northwestern Ontario residents have been convicted for various hunting violations involving the illegal killing, tagging, and possession of a cow moose.

Three Ear Falls residents, Kurt Krause, 74, Richard Krause, 31, and Greg Adams, 35, along with two Perrault Falls residents, Jeremy Reynolds, 37, and Rikki Reynolds, 39, all were convicted after a lengthy investigation by Red Lake District conservation officers and the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Sault Ste. Marie.

Court heard that Kurt Krause shot a cow moose on Dec. 11, 2007 in the Windfall Road area in Wildlife Management Unit 5.

When he discovered it was not a bull moose, Krause left the severely-injured animal in the bush for three days and did not report the accidental shooting.

Kurt Krause then returned to the dying animal with a group of hunters he’d assembled.

Rikki Reynold’s cow moose tag was affixed to the moose, and all five hunters dressed and extracted it from the kill site and brought the carcass to Adams’ garage.

Justice of the Peace Roger McCraw heard the Krauses’ case March 5 in Kenora, March 5, 2009.

Kurt Krause was fined $4,000 for illegally hunting a cow moose and is prohibited from hunting in Ontario for two years.

Richard Krause was fined $2,500 for the illegal possession of a cow moose, and cannot hunt in Ontario for one year.

McCraw heard Adams’ case March 11 in Red Lake.

He was fined $750 for illegal possession of a cow moose.

Justice of the Peace Marg Pasloski had heard the Reynolds’ case back on Dec. 10 in Red Lake.

They each must each pay a $1,500 fine for assisting in the tagging and removal of the moose.

In addition, Rikki Reynolds cannot hunt in Ontario for one year.

The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds hunters to immediately report animals shot accidentally.

Meanwhile, two Ontario hunters have been fined a total of $3,000 for hunting moose from their motor boat.

Gerald Woolsey, 64, of Ear Falls and Tyson Woolsey, 31, of Kenora each ere fined $1,500 for shooting a bull moose from a motor boat.

Both also are prohibited from hunting in Ontario for one year.

The moose was forfeited to the Crown and subsequently donated to the Red Lake Homeless Shelter.

One firearm seized during the investigation will be returned once all fines are paid.

Court heard that on Oct. 11, Gerald Woolsey drove his boat into a bay on the Chukuni River, west of Ear Falls, to an area where hunters on shore were calling a bull moose.

Tyson Woolsey then shot at the moose from the boat.

Justice of the Peace Daisy Hoppe heard the case Feb. 17 in Dryden.

The MNR reminds hunters that it is unlawful to have a loaded gun in a motor boat or to shoot moose from a motor boat.

To report a natural resource 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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