Two Monetville men were fined $2,500 for illegally killing and abandoning a cow moose.

Robert Breault pleaded guilty to unlawfully hunting big game without an appropriate licence and for abandoning flesh that was suitable for human consumption, both offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. He was fined $1,500 and given a one-year hunting suspension.

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Jerry Bertrand pleaded guilty to abandoning flesh that was suitable for human consumption and was fined $1,000.

The court heard that on November 9, 2012, the MNR Tips line received a call regarding an abandoned cow moose. A Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer attended the scene and collected physical evidence.

Through an investigation, it was determined that Breault and Bertrand were hunting together on November 8, 2012. They mistakenly shot a cow moose thinking it was a calf, and then abandoned the animal. As both men co-operated during the investigation, lower fines were sought.

Justice of the Peace Norman Ross heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Sudbury, on March 12, 2013.

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (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).