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article imageTwo boaters fined for harassing moose swimming in lake

By Owen Weldon     Oct 2, 2013 in World
Two boaters were fined a total of $2,500 because they were harassing a cow moose swimming in a northwestern Ontario lake.
According to CTV, Andrew Weiers and Matthew Weiers plead guilty in an Ontario Court of Justice, and the boat, which is owned and was operated by Andrew Weiers, was seized.
According to The Globe And Mail, Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources said that complaints were coming in about boaters that were harassing a swimming moose on July 29, in Eagle Lake in Dryden. Conservation officers told the court that when they arrived at the scene they saw video, provided by witnesses, showing a swimming moose being circled by a boat.
According to Chronicle Journal, the boat eventually returned to shore, but then returned back to the moose, but this time with three other adult passengers on board. Officials say that the boat continued to drive in tight circles around the animal, which prevented it from returning to shore.
The court was also told that one of the men jumped out of the boat and got on the moose's back.
The ministry said that moose are prey animals and they are programmed to fear, and they will try to escape when confronted by predators, and this includes humans.
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