MNR Canine Team Helicopter In to Catch Out of Season Anglers

MNR Helicopter and Canine Team Surprise Closed-Season Anglers

NEWS April 25, 2013

Two Tweed men have been fined a total of $2,000 and had their fishing licences

suspended for one year after illegally catching and keeping four bass during the

closed season.

Rodney Scott pleaded guilty and was fined $500 for catching and retaining one bass

during the closed season.

Rodney Wood pleaded guilty and was fined a total of $1,500 for catching and retaining

three bass during the closed season. Both men’s fish were seized and forfeited to the


Court heard that on February 9, 2013, Scott and Wood were angling on Haley Lake,

north of Erinsville, near the Sheffield Conservation Area. A conservation officer and

canine team surprised the pair by arriving in a ministry helicopter. With the assistance

of the canine team, four bass were detected that were hidden in the snow.

Justice of the Peace Donna Doelman heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice,

Napanee, on April 17, 2013.


Two Men Fined For Road Work on Crown Land


Two Arden men were fined a total of $2,000 for illegally constructing a road on Crown


Alvin Vanness and Kenneth Cuddy were charged with depositing material on public lands,

and with operating a pit or quarry without a licence. The men pleaded guilty and were

fined $500 for each offence – a total of $1,000 each.

The court heard that Alvin Vanness owned property that abutted Crown land in the

Kaladar area, north of Napanee. From August to October 2012, Vanness hired Ken

Cuddy to construct a road leading from his property to an existing road on Crown land.

Approximately 410 metres of the new road was constructed on Crown land. In addition, it

was found that the material for the new road had been excavated from the Crown land

next to Vanness’s property.

Justice of the Peace Donna Doelman heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice,

Napanee, on April 17, 2013.

The Ministry reminds anglers that seasons, along with catch and possession limits are

in place to ensure the sustainability of fishery resources.


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).

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