Criminal charges laid in Highway 637 moose incident

On September 28, members of the Nipissing West (Noelville) detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a moose being shot and dragged on Highway 637, near Bell Lake Road in Killarney.

A joint forces investigation with the North East Region (NER) OPP Crime Unit, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and the Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service, with the assistance of the OPP Forensic Identification Service, was conducted.

On December 12, Alphonse Donald Maiangowi, age 73, and Gabriel Recollet-Jocko, age 18, both from Wiikwemkoong were arrested and charged with: causing unnecessary suffering to an animal, contrary to section 445(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC); and careless use of a firearm, contrary to section 86(1) of the CC.

The MNRF has charged both with: use firearm carelessly to hunt, contrary to section 16(1) of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (FWCA); unlawfully have loaded firearm in conveyance, contrary to section 17(1)(a) of the FWCA; unlawfully discharge firearm in travelled roadway, contrary to section 17(1) of the FWCA; and use vehicle to hunt or Injure wildlife, contrary to section 24(1) of the FWCA.

The accused persons were released on a promise to appear and are scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Sudbury on February 26, 2020.