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Outfitter employee fined for allowing illegal bear hunt

Monday, December 02, 2013   by: Staff


$1200 fine for allowing unlawful lack bear hunt
An employee of a White River-based outfitting business has been fined $1,200 for an unlawful black bear hunt.
Melissa Jones pleaded guilty to being a party to the offence of non-resident hunting of a black bear without a licence and failing to return voided certificates.
The court heard that on August 15, 2011, Jones, an employee of Superior Bear Outfitters, allowed a non-resident hunter to harvest a black bear in an area where the hunter’s licence was not valid.
Jones also voided the certificate she had issued to the hunter before returning copies to the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Conservation officers discovered the violation during an audit of the 2011 bear licence validation certificates.
During the investigation, conservation officers stopped a vehicle driven by the hunter, who had returned for another hunt during the 2012 black bear season and verified that he had unlawfully killed a bear in 2011.
Justice of the Peace Jean-Marie Blier heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Wawa, on November 22, 2013.
Non-residents of Ontario wishing to hunt black bear must contract a licensed outfitter for guiding services.
Outfitters must validate the hunter’s licence for the specific bear management areas for which they are licensed.
Outfitters are also accountable for returning all validation certificates to the Ministry of Natural Resources.
For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the 2013-2014 Hunting Regulations Summary, available here.
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).


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Gater 12/2/2013 10:38:39 AM Report

Interesting: The fine is extremely low .
One hunter for a week covered that fine And it looks like the same hunter..
you have to wonder how many bears are taken without the proper paper work and processes followed by Outfitters?

fullstringer 12/2/2013 1:59:01 PM Report

It sounds like a simple paper shuffle screw up to me? The CO's will lay a charge for most anything, as they are short handed and any charge will look good. They have nothing at stake and will let the poor shmuck charged fight it in court.
sitka_archie 12/2/2013 3:16:13 PM Report

Exactly. I know the outfitter and I doubt very much it was intentional.
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