Three hunters in the Sioux Lookout area are facing nearly $10,000 in fines after an illegal hunting trip.

Conservation officers with the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry say Douglas Ferguson of Thunder Bay was part of a party hunting moose north of Sioux Lookout in September of 2020.

Officers and a canine unit investigated and found that Ferguson had shot a bull moose down the roadway and into a blind corner, which is considered illegal and dangerous in Ontario.

Ferguson, along with James Walters of Simcoe and Randal Kenning of Winnipeg, were then alleged to have loaded the moose to move it to another location to hide the fact that it was shot down the roadway.

The case was heard in Sioux Lookout courts on November 25, 2021.

Ferguson plead guilty and was fined $5,500 for using a firearm carelessly to hunt, $2,000 for obstructing a conservation officer, and is facing a one-year hunting license suspension. He will also have to re-complete the Ontario Hunter Education course.

Walters and Kenning plead guilty and were each fined $1,000 for transporting unlawfully killed wildlife.

The Ministry reminds everyone that to report a natural resources violation, members of the public can call their TIPS line toll-free at 1-877-847-7667, or by calling Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).