Group of anglers fined for hunting, fishing offences in eastern Ontario

A group of people are facing charges after Cochrane Conservation officers attended a fly-in moose camp on Natogami Lake in September 2023, the provincial government disclosed on Friday, May 24, 2024. Photo by Logan Kuzyk.

A group of six men from cities in eastern Ontario, including Trenton, Gananoque, and Roslin, have been fined a total of $5,510 for hunting- and fishing-related offences.

A Friday, May 24, 2024, media release from the Ontario government explains that these fines were issued in order to “ensure hunter safety while safeguarding walleye populations in remote locations by ensuring anglers do not exceed their fish possession limits.”

The incident in question took place on September 22, 2023, and Justice of the Peace Jean-Marie Blier heard the case remotely in the Ontario Court of Justice in Cochrane on March 5, 2024.

“Cochrane conservation officers were conducting aerial enforcement north of Cochrane and landed for inspection at a fly-in moose camp on Natogami Lake,” the release explains. Natogami Lake is located roughly halfway between Iroquois Falls and Moosonee, near the Ontario border with Quebec.

Location of Natogami Lake. Graphic via Google Maps.

The group of six was found to be in possession of 47 walleye, which is 25 walleye over their legal limit. The over-limit of walleye were seized by authorities.

Mathew Turner of Plainville, Robert Patrick of Roslin, Dennis Christie of Trenton, and Keith Turk of Gananoque pleaded guilty to possession of fish over the legal limit and were each fined $835.

James Turner of Frankford pleaded guilty to possession of fish over the legal limit and failing to wear proper hunter orange while hunting. He was fined a total of $1,135.

George Sweanor of Trenton pleaded guilty to possession of fish over the legal limit and failing to carry his licence while hunting. He was fined a total of $1,035.

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.

This article was first published by Quinteist.

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