A judge has handed down a stiff fine after a hunter illegally shot a cow moose and a calf in Chisholm Township, south of North Bay in 2019.
Paul Markewycz of Mississauga pleaded guilty to two counts of hunting moose with a rifle prior to the beginning of the gun season and was fined $20,000.
Court heard that on October 10, 2019, conservation officers learned of a moose calf that had been shot on Bear Mountain Road in Chisholm and was lying in the bush.
Officers found 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.
Justice of the Peace Ruby Beck heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, North Bay, on June 22, 2021.