Q: There is a group that hunts deer with dogs near our private lands, and they allow their dogs to chase deer through our property. There is no one with the dogs. They are running free. What recourse do we have?
–Daryl Wade, Athens
A: Any person using a dog for hunting is responsible for ensuring the animal is not at large, that is, the dog must be under the hunter’s control.
If a hunter does not have permission to hunt on a property where notice has been given regarding hunting, then the person cannot allow their hunting dogs onto that property. They must take steps to prevent this from occurring.
If a person encounters hunting dogs running at large on their property, they can take pictures of the dogs and call the MNRF’s TIPS line, 1-877-847-7667. They could also contact the local municipality with respect to any applicable municipal by-laws respecting dogs.
–David Critchlow (Provincial Enforcement Specialist, MNRF)
Originally published in the Jan-Feb 2019 issue of Ontario OUT of DOORS magazine. Ask a CO is a regular feature in the print edition.