Conservation Officers are searching for a hunter who shot and killed a moose near Sioux Lookout earlier this month, before hiding its body and leaving it to waste.

Officers with the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry say the bull moose was shot and killed between November 1 and 11, near the Tower Road, within Grand Trunk Pacific – Block 8, off Highway 642 between Sioux Lookout and Silver Dollar.

The poacher hid the moose’s carcass under a tree stump and root. Fines of abandoning a moose after it's been shot can reach above $1,000, and would likely include a hunting license suspension.

Anyone with information that may help identify the person(s) responsible is asked to call the MNRF Tips line at 1-877-847-7667 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

In 2017 and 2018, there were multiple investigations into abandoned moose and deer carcasses that were left to spoil, and charges were laid. They included incidents near Bois Road and Race Lake Road near Sioux Lookout, as well as the Thunder Bay area.

Conservation Officers continue to patrol and protect our natural resources and would like to remind everyone that respecting seasons, sanctuaries, bag and possession limits we all help ensure our natural resources stay healthy.