Pair fined over deer kill

Two men have been fined $3,000 for illegally hunting and abandoning white-tailed deer.
Stephen Whan, 37, of Cambridge and Douglas Johnson, 58, of Fort Frances were fined $500 each for hunting deer during the closed season and $1,000 each for abandoning meat suitable for food.
They also are banned from hunting for one year.
Court was told the two men were hunting for cow moose on Oct. 14 in Wildlife Management Unit 8, southwest of Dryden. They shot a buck deer, which they abandoned when they realized the deer season was closed.
The meat spoiled.
Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers from Dryden, Fort Frances, and Guelph, as well as a canine officer, worked together on the investigation.
Justice of the Peace Daisy Hoppe heard the case Jan. 15 in Dryden.
Conservation officers in Northwestern Ontario have found several deer and moose which were shot and abandoned during the 2007 fall hunt season.
The ministry reminds people it is illegal to abandon wild game. Hunters should contact TIPS-MNR or a conservation officer immediately if they kill an animal by mistake.
To report a natural resource violation, call toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) any time or contact your MNR office during regular business hours.
You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).