Two American hunters and their Canadian guide have been fined a total of $5,500 for an illegal moose hunt.
Testimony in Dryden Court of Justice last month revealed that on Oct. 16, 2014, conservation officers contacted the men during a routine patrol on Lac Seul. They learned that Clarence Thomas of Whitefish Bay had been contracted by Lon Danielson of Stuart Fla., and Gordon Macdonald, of Sturgeon Bay, Wisc., to be their moose hunting guide.
Thomas had driven the two men by motorboat to Aldous Bay in Lac Seul the day before. When the they saw a moose onshore, Thomas told the hunters to shoot it and Danielson did, court was told.
Danielson and Macdonald were found to have provided false information to officers, saying they were onshore when the moose was shot.
The moose was seized and forfeited to the Crown. Danielson’s rifle was seized and will be returned upon payment of fines.
Danielson pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500 for shooting a moose from a motorboat and $1,000 for providing false or misleading information to a conservation officer. He is not allowed to hunt in Ontario for one year.
Macdonald pleaded guilty and was fined $500 for providing false or misleading information to a conservation officer.
Thomas was fined $1,500 for shooting a moose from a motorboat and $1,000 for transporting illegally-killed wildlife. Although he did not shoot the moose, he operated the motorboat so that another could, making him a party to the act.
Danielson and Macdonald were sentenced on July 23 in Dryden. Thomas was tried in absentia and sentenced on Aug. 6.
“The ministry reminds hunters that it is illegal to discharge a firearm from a vehicle or motorboat,” it said in a statement.