Attempt to deceive Conservation Officer costs Fort Frances man $3500

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry wants to remind hunters that they must stop for inspection by conservation officers.

On October 20, 2018, while patrolling the K6 Road in the Rainy River District, a conservation officer attempted to stop an SUV for inspection under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. The driver failed to stop for the officer, and the passengers appeared to be moving things around in the vehicle. Once stopped, the driver denied they were hunting, and said they didn’t have any firearms.

Upon inspection of the vehicle by the officer, he discovered two harvested grouse under the driver’s seat, a box of 12-gauge ammunition by the front passenger’s feet and a 12-gauge shotgun hidden between the driver and the door. The driver also had shotgun shells in his pocket.

On October 17, 2019, in Fort Frances court, Christopher Whalen pleaded guilty to unlawfully hunting a game bird without a license, failing to stop and produce items for inspection and knowingly making a false statement to a conservation officer. Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell fined him a total of $3,500 and given a one-year hunting suspension.

Ministry conservation officers work tirelessly to help make sure we can all enjoy Ontario’s natural resources in a safe and respectful manner. To report a natural resource violation, call the ministry TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free, or contact your local ministry office. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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One Reply to “Attempt to deceive Conservation Officer costs Fort Frances man $3500”

  1. Dare I say it?! What a Doofus!

    I mean really, did Christopher Whalen think this Conservation Officer could be fooled in the least? A rerun of the “Dumb and Dumber” flick it ain’t. Hunters and Anglers alike don’t seem to be getting the overall picture.

    Pat Troll, the all knowing, all seeing, man tracker and Conservation Officers’ best friend, will hunt you down if you dare to cross into the dark side. He has proven time and again, to be extremely ruthless in his pursuit of these perpetrators. Merciless in his endeavor to bring law breakers to justice.

    Pat Troll is heavily armed and well prepared for any situation. A trained military “Ogopogo of the Outback” who is ready to put the bite on all those who choose to arouse his anger.

    So be warned my fellow sportsmen. Pat Troll is a beast!

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