A Redbridge man has been fined a total of $5,250 for illegal hunting offences.
Steven Lewis pleaded guilty and was fined $2,500 for possessing illegally killed wildlife, $1,500 for trespassing for the purpose of hunting, $1,000 for unlawfully possessing another person’s deer seal, and $250 for failing to wear hunter orange. Lewis also received a two-year hunting ban.
Court heard that on December 2, 2015, a conservation officer responded to a complaint in Phelps Township regarding an individual hunting deer on private property. The investigation determined that Lewis trespassed on private property without consent from the owner while hunting white-tailed deer. Lewis was not wearing any hunter orange at the time. In addition, he possessed and attached another person’s seal to a white-tailed deer he had shot and killed earlier in the week.
Justice of the Peace Michael Kitlar heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, North Bay, on February 17, 2016.
To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).