$6,000 in Fines for Shooting Trophy Bear at Dump $6,000 in Fines for Shooting Trophy Bear at Dump

A Longlac man has been fined $6,000 under the Fish and Wildlife Act and Regulations for offences committed hunting a black bear.

Michael A. Gauthier was convicted after a trial and fined $5,000 for hunting black bear within 400 metres of a waste disposal site. He was also fined $1,000 for possessing wildlife illegally taken.  Gauthier received a four-year hunting suspension and the bear was forfeited to the Crown.

Longlac Waste Disposal Site in Daley Township.  Several hours later, Gauthier returned to the site, where he dispatched the wounded bear.  The bear’s dressed weight was 345 kilograms (760 pounds).  Justice of the Peace Anna Gibbon heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Geraldton, on August 29, 2017.

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