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Family fined for illegal hunting


Three Mine Centre residents have been ordered to pay fines totalling $6,400 following two incidents of illegal hunting.

Byron Burkholder, 25, and Ewan Burkholder, 22, each were fined $700 for illegally hunting a cow moose.

The moose was killed in the Atikokan area back on Oct. 18.

Both men have had their hunting licences suspended for one year and must complete a hunter safety course before their licences will be returned.

In a separate incident, conservation officers discovered Byron Burkholder and Norman Burkholder, 48, on Barber Road in Rainy River District on Dec. 13.

Both men were fined $500 for illegally having a firearm at night and $1,500 for hunting at night.

Byron Burkholder also was fined $1,000 for having a loaded firearm in his vehicle.

Byron Burkholder received a three-year suspension of his hunting licence for the December offence, increasing his total suspension for the two offences to four years.

Norman Burkholder received a two-year suspension of his hunting licence.

Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case Feb. 27 in Fort Frances.

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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