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Hunter fined $20,000 for illegally bagged moose

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A Mississauga man has been fined $20,000 after he pleaded guilty to two charges of hunting moose with a rifle prior to the beginning of the gun season in Chisholm Township.

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Paul Markewycz pleaded guilty to the charges June 22 before Justice of the Peace Ruby Beck in the Ontario Court of Justice in North Bay.

A statement from the provincial government says court was told that on Oct. 10, 2019, conservation officers learned of a moose calf that had been shot on Bear Mountain Road in Chisholm Township and was lying in the bush.

Officers located the calf and waited for the offender to return to retrieve the moose.

An investigation determined Markewycz had also shot a cow moose at a different location the day before and had already butchered it.

Both moose were seized and forfeited to the Crown.

The province says conservation officers continue to patrol and protect natural resources during the current COVID-19 pandemic and remind everyone that by respecting seasons, sanctuaries, bag and possession limits, everyone helps ensure our natural resources stay healthy.

To report a natural resource violation or provide information about an unsolved case, members of the public can call the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry 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, visit ontario.ca/mnrftips

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