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Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
3,000 In Fines For Hunting And Fishing Violations

May 7, 2018 - A London man has been fined a total of $3,000 for fishing and hunting violations.

Brian Walne pleaded guilty and was fined $500 for possessing fish that could not be easily identified, $1,000 for trespassing while in possession of a firearm, $1,000 for knowingly making a false statement to a conservation officer, and $500 for failing to wear hunter orange during a controlled deer hunt.

Court heard that conservation officers with the ministry's Southern Marine Enforcement Unit and the Aylmer Enforcement Unit were conducting a joint patrol in the Strathroy-Caradoc area when they observed Walne from a distance enter the bush in full camouflage with what appeared to be a firearm. When officers approached Walne's truck, he left the bush without a firearm. The officers conducted an inspection of the truck and located a pail with a total of 73 fish fillets, 34 of which were skinless and unidentifiable. During the inspection, Walne made a number of false statements about the presence of a firearm. The officers located Walne's loaded rifle hidden in the bush. Further investigation revealed that Walne had been hunting on two different properties without landowner permission.

Justice of the Peace Sonia Aleong heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, London, on April 30, 2018.

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 visit 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.


Last Updated: Monday, 07 May 2018 15:55:36 PM EST

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