Caribou seized by wildlife officers

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Charges may be laid against two men from Sheshatshiu, after they were caught with illegally hunted caribou.

On Feb.13, wildlife enforcement officers received a tip that the two men had caribou stored in their komatik. Based on the tip, enforcement officials and the RCMP began helicopter surveillance between Postville and North West River. The investigation resulted in the caribou and a shotgun being seized from the two men.

There has been a ban on caribou hunting in Labrador ever since Jan. 28, 2013, due to declining numbers of the George River caribou herd.

After the ban was announced, however, Innu leaders openly defied the moratorium, saying that they would allow 300 male caribou to be harvested during the 2013 season.

The Department of Justice asks for anyone with information on poaching to call Fish and Wildlife Enforcement at 1-877-820-0999 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Organizations: RCMP, Department of Justice, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Postville, North West River, Labrador George River

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