A Brunswick House First Nation man has been fined $1,000 for illegal hunting northwest of Chapleau.

Daniel Jacques pleaded guilty to unlawfully discharging his firearm in a travelled roadway. His hunting rifle was seized at the time of the incident and will be returned once his fine is paid.

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On October 12, 2011, Jacques was hunting moose in the Chapleau Crown Game Preserve along the Austin Road in Bliss To wnship. While driving eastbound in a pick-up truck, he spotted a bull moose standing on the road.

Jacques exited his vehicle and while standing on the travelled portion of the roadway, fired a high-powered rifle at the moose. A conservation officer arrived on site shortly afterwards and found Jacques in possession of a dead bull moose.

During the investigation, a second conservation officer located five spent rifle casings on the roadway that matched the calibre of firearm used by Jacques. Forensic evidence linked the kill site to the moose and Jacques’ firearm.

Justice of the Peace Sylvie-Emanuelle Bourbonnais heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Chapleau, on June 26, 2013. The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds the public that it is illegal and unsafe to discharge a firearm from, down or across a public road.

For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the 2013-2014 Hunting Regulations Summary at ontario.ca/hunting.

To report a natural resource violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your ministry office during regular business hours.

You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).