Ontario Couple Fined For Illegal Bear Harvest

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), Bear Hunting Magazine

A couple from Elliot Lake, Ontario were fined $5,000 for an illegal bear hunt in October 2012 and also lost their hunting rights.

The man pled guilty to hunting a black bear without a license, unlawfully using another person’s license, unlawfully abandoning flesh suitable for food and obstructing a conservation officer. He was fined $4,500 and received a three-year hunting suspension.

The woman pled guilty to allowing someone to use her license and obstructing a conservation officer. She was fined $500 fine and received a one-year hunting suspension.

On top of the fines and license suspensions, the gun used in the incident, the bear hide, and the meat were permanently forfeited to the ministry.

Documents released stated that the man shot a bear, then the next day his spouse purchased a bear license. The man attached her game seal to the bear and notched it to indicate the bear was shot on that day. The man took the bear hide and a small portion of meat and abandoned the rest of the carcass in the forest. When a conservation officer began investigating the abandoned bear carcass, both the man and woman provided false statements in an attempt to obstruct the investigation.

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