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$1,800 fines for illegal bear hunting

Two Peterborough area men have been fined a total of $1,800 for hunting black bear without a licence.

Shane Maddison and Brandon Webb both pleaded guilty to hunting bear without a licence. Maddison was fined $1,500 and Webb was fined $300.

Court heard that between Sept. 6-11, 2013, Maddison and Webb party hunted for black bear together in Douro-Dummer Township. They were not legally allowed to do so because Maddison did not have a valid 2013 bear licence.

A conservation officer investigating a complaint determined that Webb harvested a bear using his game seal, and shortly after, tried to shoot another bear for Maddison. Maddison also shot a black bear, but did not recover it.

Justice of the Peace Carl Young heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Peterborough, on Jan. 9.

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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