Five Atikokan men have been fined a total of $10,500 for an illegal moose hunt.
Duane Lind, Tyler Barrett, Louis Barrett, Rick Cain and Kevin Cain pleaded guilty and were each fined $1,500 for possessing an illegally-killed bull moose.
They are not allowed to hunt in Ontario for one year. Kevin Cain was also fined $3,000 for hunting moose without a licence. Moose meat and antlers were seized during the investigation and forfeited to the Crown. One firearm was seized for evidence and later returned. A sixth person remains before the court on related charges.
The court heard that, on December 17, 2014, officers from Atikokan, Fort Frances, Kenora, Dryden and Thunder Bay simultaneously interviewed the men. Officers discovered that, while hunting as a party on October 11, 2014, Kevin Cain and Lind each shot a bull moose although the group had only one adult bull moose hunting licence.
The men attached their game seal to the first moose, which Lind shot, and took it to Rick Cain’s Turtle Lake home. There they removed the game seal. They then retrieved the second illegal moose, which Kevin Cain shot, from the bush. They attached the same game seal to it and took it to Louis Barrett’s Atikokan home.
Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Atikokan, on August 27, 2015.