BANCROFT – A Belleville, Ontario man has pleaded guilty and was fined a total of $5,000 for offences under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.
Albert Coles pleaded guilty to shooting a cow moose without a licence and then abandoning the animal. Coles was fined $2,500 for each offence and also received a two-year provincial hunting licence suspension.
The court heard that early in 2011, a Bancroft District conservation officer and canine unit located a cow moose that had been shot and left to rot near Lingham Lake, Grimsthorpe Township, in Hastings County.
A lengthy investigation ensued that led to Coles and his hunting party.
Officers from the Bancroft, Peterborough, and Lake Ontario enforcement units attended the residences of the hunting party where officers were informed that Coles had shot the cow moose without a licence and left it to rot.
Justice of the Peace Sam Cureatz heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Bancroft, on October 4, 2011.
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