Illegal Bear Hunting Results in Fines and Ban

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Men Receive Fines and Hunting Bans for Illegal Hunting

 Wayne Mattice, of Enterprise, Ontario, was fined $500 for hunting black bear without a licence and $2,500 for abandoning two black bears, allowing the flesh to become unsuitable for human consumption. Mattice also received a one-year hunting licence suspension.Two men have pleaded guilty and been fined a total of $4,250 for unlawfully hunting big game and abandoning game.

Michael Dillon, originally of Enterprise and now residing in British Columbia, was fined $1,250 for hunting white-tailed deer without a licence. He was also given a two-year hunting licence suspension.

The court heard that during the 2013 regular two-week open gun season for hunting white-tailed deer, Dillon hunted deer without a licence. During the same hunting season, Mattice shot three black bears without a licence and abandoned two of the bears in the woods, allowing the meat to spoil.

Justice of the Peace Catharine E. Hickling heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Kingston, on October 7, 2014.

The ministry reminds hunters that valid hunting licences are required to hunt wild game, including black bears. It is also illegal to allow the flesh of any harvested game wildlife that is suitable for human consumption to spoil.

For further information on hunting regulations, please consult theOntario Hunting Regulations Summary available at


To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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