The Ontario government is safeguarding moose populations against hunters improperly hunting large game.

Robert Mijackovic of Etobicoke pleaded guilty to hunting a bull moose without a licence and abandoning the moose allowing the meat to spoil. He was fined $7,000 and had his hunting licence suspended for one year.

The court heard that on October 20, 2022, conservation officers received information of a bull moose that had been shot and abandoned in the vicinity of the Petry Road, northwest of Upsala.

Officers completed an investigation and determined that Mijackovic had been hunting for cow moose and had mistakenly shot a bull moose. Rather than reporting his wrongdoing to conservation officers, Mijackovic fled the area allowing the moose to spoil.

Justice of the Peace Tobey Meyer heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay on May 3, 2023.

To report a natural resource problem or provide information about an unsolved case, members of the public can call the ministry TIPS line toll free at 1-877-847-7667. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS. For more information about unsolved cases, please visit ontario.ca/mnrftips.