May 30, 2018 - A London man has been fined $1,000 for an illegal deer harvest under
the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act.
Jeffrey Oconnor pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for unlawfully hunting deer
in a controlled deer hunt without a controlled deer hunt validation tag.
Court heard that on November 7, 2017, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
received a tip of a suspicious deer carcass located in a field in London. A conservation
officer attended the site and began an investigation. The investigation revealed
that Oconnor had been deer hunting in the area where the carcass was found. Conservation
officers attended Oconnor's residence and observed what appeared to be fresh meat.
The meat was seized and a DNA test confirmed that the meat at the residence was
a match to the carcass in the field.
Justice of the Peace Paul Langlois heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice,
London, on May 17, 2018.
The ministry reminds the public that it is illegal to harvest deer in a controlled
deer hunt without a deer licence and a controlled deer hunt validation tag.
For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the Ontario Hunting
Regulations Summary available at ontario.ca/hunting.
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). And
Ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases.
You may be able to provide information that will help solve a case.