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Pointe Au Baril man fined $1,500 for trapping fisher out of season

PARRY SOUND — A Pointe Au Baril man has been fined a total of $1,500 for trapping violations.

Jesse Hutchinson pleaded guilty and was fined $1,200 for trapping fisher during the closed season and $300 for failing to complete the mandatory season-end harvest report two years in a row. He also received a one-year suspension of his helper trapping licence.

According to an MNRF release, court heard that after the closing of fisher trapping season in January 2017, conservation officers investigated Hutchinson and determined that he failed to fill out his season-end return for fisher, marten, mink and raccoon in the 2015-2016 and the 2016-2017 trapping seasons.

Further investigation revealed that Hutchinson had only received a helper trapping licence after the season was closed and had reported six fishers caught on that licence during the closed-season. The fishers were forfeited to the Crown.

Justice of the Peace Cornelia Mews heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Parry Sound, on June 6, 2017.

According to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, licensed trappers are reminded that they must complete the mandatory season-end harvest report annually. This report records the total number of animals harvested, pelts sold or shipped to be sold, and pelts retained.

In addition, trappers must also immediately report to the ministry the incidental trapping of a furbearing animal above the licence quota or in the closed-season in order to seek authorization to possess and sell the animal.

To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 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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