Fort Frances, Ontario Two Americans have been fined $1,600 for illegally importing leeches into Ontario from Minnesota.

Robert Kline, 33, of Bena, Minn., and Kenneth Eliason, 57, of
Kanawha, Iowa, were convicted in Fort Frances court and fined $800
each. They also forfeited 25 pounds of leeches and a cooler to the

A complaint from the public lead a Ministry of Natural Resources
Sioux Lookout District conservation officer to the men. Only the
holder of a commercial bait license can bring live leeches into
Ontario for use as bait.

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