A Pembroke man’s convictions and fines of $500 for illegally hunting in Algonquin Provincial Park have been upheld.
Grant Tysick was apprehended by MNR conservation officers on October 18th, 2008 while moose hunting with a high-powered rifle in Algonquin Park. He didn’t have a park permit and couldn’t produce any document authorizing him to take part in the annual Algonquin hunt.
At a trial in Pembroke Court in July of 2015, Tysick argued that he was a member of the Algonquin community and had rights to hunt in the Park. But the Justice of the Peace dismissed the claim saying Tysick didn’t have enough evidence to prove he was a member of the local historic Aboriginal community.
Tysick appealed and it was heard January 8th in Pembroke where the appeal judge upheld the convictions. He was fined $350 for unlawfully hunting in a provincial park and $150 for operating a motor vehicle in a provincial park without a park permit.