Two Michigan residents have been fined a total of $3,750 for wolf hunting violations.
David Ahonen of Kingsford, Michigan, pleaded guilty and was fined $2,000 for shooting a wolf without a licence and $1,000 for providing false or misleading information to a conservation officer.
Kurt Huot of Ishpeming, Michigan, pleaded guilty and was fined $750 for providing false or misleading information to a conservation officer.
Court heard that on the morning of November 9, 2015, Ahonen was hunting white-tailed deer near Minaki, Ontario, when he shot a wolf for which he did not have a licence. Ahonen covered the wolf in brush and left to meet Huot. Ahonen and Huot then travelled to Kenora where Ahonen purchased a wolf licence. Ahonen returned to the hunt site, tagged the wolf and brought it out that evening. Conservation officers contacted the two men on November 10. During the course of the investigation, both men provided false information about when the wolf was shot.
Justice of the Peace Roger McGraw heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Kenora, on April 5, 2016.
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).