By Cory Hurley
A Pasadena man caught not tagging his moose, but submitting its jaw bone to provincial officials, was fined Tuesday afternoon.
Jamie Payne pleaded guilty to a breach of the wildlife regulations, while a second charge of unlawfully hunting, trafficking or possessing wildlife in a national park was withdrawn.
He had killed a moose near Rocky Barachois Brook in Gros Morne National Park in October of 2012.
Payne deboned the moose on site, and transported just the moose out of the area.
He did not tag the animal as required by law.
The breach was detected by a research officer collecting the jaw bone samples, who reported to a park warden that he saw the man had not fixed the tags.
Payne had a licence and four locked tags when he was later questioned by wildlife officers.
He told the officers he did not think of the tagging requirements at the time.
Both legal-aid lawyer James Goudie and Crown attorney Andrew May agreed Payne — a first time offender of either wildlife offences or criminal — had not committed the offence in a deliberate attempt to defy or cheat the law.
May said deboning and not tagging moose or caribou is more of an issue for officers with respect to outfitters — who often use the cleaning method when they are flying meat out via helicopter, reducing weight — rather than the regular hunter. May did not seek a hunting prohibition against Payne. provincial court Judge Wayne Gorman imposed a $500 fine, also agreeing it was a mistake rather an attempt to get around the law.