Michigan Men Fined $31,500 For Illegal HuntingOntario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), Bear Hunting Magazine
Two men from Barbeau and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan have been fined a total of $31,500 and received a one-year bear hunting license suspension for several offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.
The men were convicted of illegally hunting several species of wildlife, falsely portraying themselves as Ontario residents to acquire hunting licenses and exporting illegal wildlife into the United States. One man was fined $18,000 for making false statements in a document, unlawfully exporting wildlife, possessing void bear, moose, deer and fishing licenses, possessing more than one deer license and hunting deer without a license.
The second man was fined $13,500 for making a false statement in a document, unlawfully exporting wildlife into the United States, possessing void bear, moose and deer licenses, possessing more than one deer license and hunting deer without a license.
In court records it stated that between 2009 and 2011, the men had been using a fraudulent Ontario address to acquire resident hunting licenses and used them to illegally hunt wildlife. Some of the wildlife was then exported into the United States.
The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds hunters that to qualify for an Ontario resident hunting or fishing license, a person must reside six out of the previous twelve months in Ontario and have a primary address in the province.