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Men charged with dragging moose behind truck make first court appearance Feb. 26

Senior and teen face charges after video posted online

Two men who face charges after a video was posted online showing a moose being dragged behind a pickup truck made their first appearance in court Feb. 26.

Alphonse Donald Maiangowi, 73, and Gabriel Recollet-Jocko, 18, were arrested Dec. 12 and charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and careless use of a firearm. Both men are from Wikwemikong First Nation.

Their matter was remanded until March 25 to allow their counsel to review all of the disclosure in the case.

On Sept. 28, members of the Nipissing West detachment of the OPP received a report of a moose being shot and dragged on Highway 637, near Bell Lake Road in Killarney. 

A joint forces investigation with the North East Region OPP Crime Unit, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Wikwemikong Tribal Police with the assistance of the OPP Forensic Identification Service was conducted. 

The MNRF has charged both men with using a firearm carelessly to hunt, unlawfully having a loaded firearm in conveyance, unlawfully discharging a firearm in a travelled roadway and using a vehicle to hunt or injure wildlife.


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