A Kenora resident has been fined a total of $9,000 for hunting, trapping and fishing without a licence.
Michael Fogg pleaded guilty and was fined $6,000 for hunting big game without a licence, $2,000 for trapping without a licence and $1,000 for fishing without a licence. He is not allowed to hunt, trap or fish, or accompany anyone doing so, anywhere in Ontario for the next two years. During this period, he is also not allowed to possess hunting, trapping or fishing equipment in areas inhabited by fish or game.
The court heard that on April 26, 2015, conservation officers contacted Fogg to investigate his hunting, trapping and fishing activities. The officers discovered that, between October 23 and November 23, 2014, Fogg killed three white-tailed deer using a crossbow in Kenora. He did not have a hunting licence. He trapped five beavers and one otter in the Kenora area between January 1 and January 31, 2015. He also fished in the Kenora area between June 21, 2014, and March 15, 2015, while his fishing licence was under suspension for past fishing violations.
Justice of the Peace Roger McCraw heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Kenora, on October 13, 2015.
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).