Illegal bull moose costly

Three Dryden men and two from Wisconsin were fined $12,300 after pleading guilty to a variety of offences in the illegal killing of a bull moose.
Jason Skogstad, 37, of Eleva, Wis., and Scott P. Lobreau, 40, of Dryden each were fined $2,000 for illegally hunting a bull moose, $1,000 for illegal possession of a bull moose, and $1,000 for illegally transporting a bull moose.
Cyril Lobreau, 70, of Dryden was fined $1,000 for each of three offences: providing false information to a conservation officer, illegally possessing a moose, and illegally transporting a moose.
Skogstad and both Lobreaus have been banned from hunting for one year.
Skogstad also forfeited the mounted moose head to the Crown while the Lobreaus forfeited the moose meat.
Meanwhile, Dennis Dziekan, 43, of Mondovi, Wis., was fined $500 for illegal possession and $500 for illegal transportation of a moose.
And John Ladouceur, 65, of Dryden was fined $300 for providing false information to a conservation officer.
In October, 2006, Skogstad and Dziekan were guests at Ladouceur’s hunting camp. Ladouceur issued a cow moose licence for Wildlife Management Unit 5 to Skogstad.
After a week of unsuccessful hunting, Skogstad, Dziekan, and the elder Lobreau decided to party hunt with Scott Lobreau, who held a Métis Nation of Ontario Harvester’s Card.
Aboriginal harvesting rights are not transferable to other individuals.
On Oct. 14, 2006, Skogstad shot and killed a bull moose and Scott Lobreau took responsibility for the kill using his Métis Harvester’s Card.
The four men then dragged the animal from the bush and transported it to Scott Lobreau’s home. The Lobreaus kept the meat while Skogstad exported the head to Wisconsin, where he had it mounted.
When Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers from Dryden District were investigating the incident, Ladouceur gave them misleading information.
Conservation officers were aided in their investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Justice of the Peace Edith Baas heard the case May 20 in Dryden.
To report a natural resource violation, call toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) any time or contact your local MNR office during regular business hours.
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