Justice department confirms illegal caribou hunt prevented

Derek Montague
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Wildlife officers acted on a tip to stop hunters

The Department of Justice confirmed that a group of Quebec Innu hunters were successfully prevented from hunting caribou in Labrador earlier this month.

According to an emailed statement from the department, the attempted hunt occurred April 12. Wildlife officers were able to stop the hunters, thanks to a tip from a member of the public.

“Acting on a tip that a group of Innu from Quebec had entered Labrador with the intention of hunting caribou of the threatened woodland herd, officers with the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division conducted a helicopter patrol on April 12,” reads that statement. “As a result of these patrols, contact was made with several individuals in the Birchy Lake area who were informed that hunting caribou was illegal and that more patrols would be undertaken.”

 “On a subsequent helicopter patrol on April 14, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers found no indication that any hunting had taken place and there were no hunters in the area.

The department said it relies heavily on the public’s information to prevent illegal hunting.

“The Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division will continue to monitor the caribou herds in Labrador and act on any information it receives from the public in its effort to prevent illegal hunting activity. The public’s assistance is critical to this work and we encourage anyone who suspects illegal hunting activity to contact officials anonymously. Calls can be made 24-hours a day, toll-free, to the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division at 1-877-820-0999. Anonymous online reports can also be submitted at www.stoppoaching.ca

Organizations: Wildlife Enforcement Division, Department of Justice

Geographic location: Labrador, Quebec, Birchy Lake

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