Conservation officers with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry have seized 32 moose that were harvested illegally in a recent enforcement blitz in the area.

The ministry says that from October 13 to October 22, conservation officers in northwestern and northeastern Ontario checked 4,768 hunters from Ontario and the United States for compliance with the Fish and Wildlife Act, the Off-Road Vehicles Act and the Liquor Licence Act.

During the enforcement blitz, conservation officers laid 132 charges and issued 329 warnings. They also seized 32 moose that were harvested illegally.

Charges and warnings were issued for:

- Failing to wear a proper helmet on an ATV,
- Driving an off-road vehicle without insurance,
- Having open liquor in a vehicle,
- Having a loaded firearm in a vehicle,
- Night-hunting offences,
- Not wearing proper hunter orange,
- Shooting from the roadway,
- Trespassing for the purpose of hunting.

To report a natural resources violation, you are asked to call the ministry’s TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667, contact your local ministry office, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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