Combined patrol nabs angler

Co-operation between Ontario and Minnesota conservation officers landed a poacher from Eagle River, Alaska with a $5,000 fine for an overlimit of walleye.
Andrew James Piekarski, 60, who pleaded guilty, was banned from fishing in Ontario for a year and his fish were forfeited to the Crown.
Court heard that on July 24, 2004, after a call to a Minnesota tips line, officers from Ontario and the United States checked a group of anglers, including Piekarski, as they fished on the Sand Bay area of Rainy Lake.
After inspecting a boat as well as the anglers’ camp, they found Piekarski with a substantial overlimit of walleye, including some of prohibited length.
Officers from Ontario and Minnesota work together along the international border to combat poaching and protect natural resources.
Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case Nov. 4 here in Fort Frances.
Call toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) any time to report a natural resources violation or contact your local MNR office during regular business hours.
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