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Illegal bear hunting costs man $2,000

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A Smooth Rock Falls man has been fined $2,800 for illegally hunting a black bear.

Yves Thériault pleaded guilty to two charges laid by conservation officers: one of hunting big game that is swimming, for which he was fined $2,000; and hunting big game without a licence. That fine is $800.

Court heard that on August 26th, 2020, a bear wandered onto Thériault’s cottage property on Shackleton Lake, near Fauquier.  Witnesses said he chased the bear into the lake and shot at it on land and in the water.

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