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Four American men fined 10K for moose hunting offences

A group of Minnesota hunters have been fined a total of $10,000 for moose hunting offences.
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Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry media release 

Four Minnesota men have been fined a total of $10,000 for moose hunting offences.
 
Bradley Kummer of Sauk Centre pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500 for discharging a firearm from a motorboat and $3,500 for unlawfully hunting bull moose
without a licence. He also received a two-year hunting suspension.
 
Donald Kummer of Sauk Centre pleaded guilty and was fined $1,200 for making false statements to a conservation officer.
 
Terrence Uphus of Melrose pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for making false statements to a conservation officer and $1,800 for unlawfully attaching his adult game seal to a moose killed by another person.
 
Timothy Lawlinger of Sauk Centre pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for making false statements to a conservation officer.
 
Court heard that on October 23, 2016, conservation officers received a complaint on the MNRF TIPS line about hunters in Wildlife Management Unit 5. An investigation revealed that Bradley Kummer, accompanied by Donald Kummer, shot and killed a bull moose from a boat while fishing on Pipette Lake.  Neither man was licensed to hunt bull moose.  Uphus, a member of the hunting party, possessed a bull moose tag, but was approximately 25 kilometres away. He attached his tag to the moose almost seven hours after the moose had been shot. Once contacted by conservation officers, the hunting party gave false information about the hunters being within 5 kilometres of where the moose had been shot. The moose was seized and forfeited to the Crown.
 
Justice of the Peace Danalyn MacKinnon heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Dryden, on April 6, 2017, and rendered her decision on June 8, 2017.
For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary available at ontario.ca/hunting.  
 
To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 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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