A hunter has been fined $5,500 for bear hunting violations. The hunter was also given a three-year Ontario hunting licence suspension.

Court heard that in August of 2017, a conservation officer with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry contacted a hunter who had a shot a male black bear earlier that day, while hunting along Highway 105, south of Perrault Falls, and north of Vermilion Bay.

The officer determined that the hunter had also shot a small female black bear, which he abandoned in search of a larger, more impressive bear. The hunter was only licenced to harvest one black bear. The hunter then proceeded to make false statements to the conservation officer.

The Missouri man plead guilty and was fined $2,500 for abandoning a black bear and allowing its flesh to spoil, $2,000 for hunting black bear without a licence and $1,000 for making a false statement to a conservation officer. He was then given a three-year hunting suspension.

To report a natural resources violation, residents are asked to call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667, or contact your local MNRF office. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has started the process to study our local bear population. Ministry staff have started to conduct barbed wire hair trap surveys in several areas across Ontario, including northwestern Ontario.

For more information:
MNRF conducting bear study

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