Tips from the Public Help Keep Ontario Safe
Ontario’s conservation officers are acting on tips from the public to keep Ontario safe
Each year, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's tips line receives thousands of calls, many related to unsafe hunting practices. In the fall of 2018, conservation officers responded to public complaints about unsafe moose and deer hunting in the Victoria Lake Road area of South Algonquin Township by conducting a moose decoy operation.
On October 20, 2018, the first day of the gun hunt for moose in South Algonquin Township, conservation officers placed cow and calf moose decoys on the travelled portion of Victoria Lake Road. Later that morning, a truck travelling north along Victoria Lake Road slowed down and came to a stop. A man stepped out of the truck with a rifle, aimed it down the middle of the road toward the cow moose decoy and fired two shots. He then moved to the front of his truck to fire a third shot. When apprehended by conservation officers, he was standing on the passenger side of the truck with his gun shouldered and pointing down the road at the decoy.
A 42-year-old man from Madawaska was charged under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act for using a firearm carelessly to hunt. Justice of the Peace Clayton McKechnie heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in Killaloe on March 20, 2019.
After a guilty plea to the charge of using a firearm carelessly to hunt the gentleman was fined $3,000 and prohibited from hunting in Ontario for one year. In addition, he will be required to retake the Ontario Hunter Education Program before being allowed to hunt again in Ontario.
"We take hunter safety related regulations very seriously. Such unsafe hunting practices as hunting at night, shooting on or across a road and having loaded firearms in vehicles pose a serious threat to the public and other hunters. We are committed to public safety and place a high priority on responding to tips related to these practices and resource abuse," said conservation officer Ron Arnold.
Ontario conservation officers work diligently to provide an environment where we can all enjoy Ontario's natural resources in a safe and respectful manner. To report a natural resource violation, call the ministry TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free anytime, or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
We need your help to solve cases. Please visit Ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases. You may have valuable information that can help.