Two southern Ontario men and one Nova Scotia resident have been fined a total of $11,500 for numerous offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act that resulted from a moose hunting investigation.
Shane Hannigan of East Margaree, Nova Scotia, pleaded guilty to unlawfully hunting deer without a licence and using a resident Outdoors Card while no longer eligible. He was fined a total of $3,000.
Robert MacFarlane, of Oshawa, pleaded guilty to hunting a cow moose without
a licence, making a false statement to a conservation officer and making a false statement in an application for an Outdoor Card. He was fined a total $5,500 and his moose hunting licence was suspended for four years.
Kevin Chatterton, of Bowmanville, pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing a cow moose and making a false statement to a conservation officer. He was fined a total of $3,000 and his moose hunting licence was suspended for two years.
The court heard that on Oct. 22, 2011, conservation officers attended the Chatterton residence and found two harvested moose. MacFarlane and Chatterton indicated to officers that both moose were calves and denied having shot a cow moose.
The resulting investigation, which included a search of the kill sites by the ministry’s canine unit, five search warrants, along with ballistics and DNA evidence, revealed that Chatterton shot a calf moose and Macfarlane shot a cow moose in the Kinmount area. The two men were only licensed to take calf moose. The moose were transported back to the Chatterton residence. Shane Hannigan, another member of the group, was deer hunting at this time and possessed a resident deer licence which Robert MacFarlane had obtained for him.
Justice of the Peace Rhonda Shousterman heard the Shane Hannigan case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Whitby, on December 5, 2012. Justice of the Peace Allison Forestall heard the Robert MacFarlane and Kevin Chatterton cases in the Ontario Court of Justice, Peterborough, on December 13, 2012.
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