By Kristine Jean
The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has responded to concerns over the possibility of poaching in Stony Creek.
The issue was addressed in a recent article, in which a Tillsonburg resident, Mark Vanderhaeghe, expressed deep concern over possible poaching in a section of Stony Creek in town.
Since then, the Tillsonburg News has also spoken with other area residents and has received phone calls stating the same concerns Vanderhaeghe had.
The MNR was recently made aware of potential poaching concerns and is now dealing with the issue.
“We’ve received one call from the MNR tips line indicating that there may be poaching of these trout,” said Russell Brandon, an enforcement manager with the Ministry of Natural Resources Aylmer office.
In light of this, Brandon noted steps that MNR officials are taking to deal with the situation in Stony Creek.
“What we have been doing for this situation is first of all, we conduct our everyday routines in these areas and certainly at this time of year we monitor the streams for activity in the streams.
“We patrol all of these areas on a regular basis, however last weekend we had a concentrated effort on those trout streams of Norfolk County and Oxford County.”
At this time of year, it’s not uncommon for the MNR to increase patrols of streams and creeks across the region, said Brandon.
“It’s because we know the fish are running and there is potential for poaching to take place. The fish are in, they’re spawning and there is an opportunity for poaching activity.”
According to Brandon, enforcement officers were in Tillsonburg the weekend of April 13 and 14, looking at trout streams in the area on a concentrated level.
“I organized a number of officers to specifically look into activity on these trout streams.”
Once such efforts were completed, the Ministry of Natural Resources did confirm that no signs of poaching were evident or seen in Stony Creek during their time here. More....