Tourist outfitter fined $1,400

A Red Lake tourist operator who illegally built a trail, dumped a fuel tank, and failed to immediately report killing a black bear has been fined $1,400.
Brett Geary, 44, who pleaded guilty, was fined $1,000 for putting in the trail to his lodge on Little Vermilion Lake, $200 for dumping a 500-gallon fuel tank on Crown land, and $200 for failing to immediately report killing a black bear in defence of his property.
Court ordered Geary to remove the trail and 70 metres of wooden corduroy, and replant the area with native trees by July 31, 2006.
Court was told Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers from Red Lake District laid charges after becoming aware of the incidents, which took place during this past spring, summer, and fall.
Justice of the Peace Joe Morrison heard the case Dec. 16 in Red Lake.
The ministry reminds the public that access to Little Vermilion Lake has been restricted since the 1980s to promote the remoteness of tourist operators’ lodges and camps.
Call toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) anytime to report a natural resources violation or contact your local MNR office during regular business hours.
You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).