Fined $2,250 for Illegal Trapping Offences
Two Bancroft area men have been fined a total of $2,250 after pleading guilty to illegally trapping beaver and fisher. Dale MacDonald was fined $500 for trapping fur-bearing mammals during the closed season, and another $500 for making false statements in an application for a licence. He was also fined $250 for possession of illegally-killed wildlife, and had his trapping licence suspended for one year. Dewayne Simpson was fined $500 for obstructing a conservation officer and another $500 for trapping more fur-bearing mammals than his licence allowed. His trapping licence was suspended for one year. The court heard that in March 2014, a Bancroft district conservation officer received a complaint of possible illegal trapping of fisher during the closed season. The investigation revealed that MacDonald and Simpson were involved in illegal trapping of both beaver and fisher. Justice of the Peace Jack Chiang heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Bancroft, on August 5, 2014. To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (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).