Georgetown man pleads guilty for illegally hunting moose

Published September 27, 2022 at 3:04 pm

A man from Georgetown has plead guilty for illegally hunting a moose.

The Government of Ontario is safeguarding moose from illegal harvesting.

As part of a joint investigation with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Environment Canada and Quebec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, evidence was gathered over a 32-month period.

According to the province, Joseph Arko from Georgetown pleaded guilty to unlawfully hunting big game using a fraudulent licence as well as making a false statement to a conservation officer. As a result, he has received $27,000 in fines and a seven-year hunting licence suspension.

Back in October 2018, the court heard that Arko obtained a big game licence using a different individual’s outdoors card.

Additionally, according to a release from the province, Arko reported killing a bull moose that had been harvested by Gary Giles, another man who also plead guilty, in the Temiskaming area near the Quebec border.

According to the release, Giles also possessed part of the harvested bull moose.

Glenn Scanlan, Gerardo Fiacco and Kenneth Beuglet were found to have participated in the unlawful hunt and were also in possession of portions of the bull moose that had been killed.

Additionally, there were $11,000 in victim surcharge fines levied against the five convicted individuals.

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