Multiple offences during moose hunt cost Aurora man $9,000
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry wants to remind hunters that it is dangerous to shoot a firearm across or along a road, and that meat from a hunted animal must be consumed.
On September 24, 2017, Conservation Officers from the Hearst Enforcement Unit responded to a tip involving a bull moose that had been shot from Fushimi Road and abandoned. As the investigation proceeded, officers from enforcement units in Hearst and Aurora as well as the Canine Services Unit from Sault Ste Marie became involved. Firearms were also sent to the Centre for Forensic Sciences to get ballistic testing done to prove which rifle had been used to shoot the moose.
The investigation revealed that three hunters were driving south on Fushimi Road when they observed a bull moose. One man exited the truck and shot his firearm from the road at the animal. The hunters abandoned it as none of the three were licenced to harvest bull moose. Conservation officers were able to salvage the meat before it spoiled.
After completing their hunting activity north of Hearst, the group travelled back to southern Ontario, leaving behind garbage and other material at their hunting camp. It is unlawful to deposit any material on Crown land without a permit.
On November 5, 2019 at the Hearst Courthouse, Justice of the Peace François Cloutier found Sergey Perov of Aurora guilty of hunting big game without a licence, abandoning flesh suitable for food and unlawfully depositing material on public land. The fines for the three convictions totalled $9,000. Perov also received a two-year moose hunting licence suspension and had his current moose licence cancelled.
Two other counts were withdrawn as part of the plea arrangement, as well as seven similar charges against the other two members of the hunting party.
Ministry conservation officers work tirelessly to help make sure we can all enjoy Ontario's natural resources in a safe and respectful manner. To report a natural resource violation, call the ministry TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free, or contact your local ministry office. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.
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