A Beaver Creek man will spend 30 days in jail for wasting moose meat.
Freddy Dick, 41, was sentenced on Dec. 6 to serve the stint in the Whitehorse Correctional Centre. He pleaded guilty to the charge in July, 2010.
Earlier that month, several Beaver Creek residents noticed a nearly whole moose carcass rotting at the dump and complained to conservation officers.
Officers later traced the carcass to a hunter who shot the cow moose near the Alaska Highway. The hunter had given the carcass to Dick, who made the mistake of not refrigerating it.
With temperatures reaching nearly 30C at the time, the meat quickly spoiled.
Dick accepted full responsibility for the offence at the time, according to conservation officers.
Anyone caught wasting big game meat could face a maximum fine of $50,000 and one year in prison.
It’s “not unusual” for someone who is caught wasting meat to be imprisoned, said Kris Gustafson, the Department of Environment’s enforcement boss. But he didn’t have any statistics available about the prevalence of such offences.
Chris Ross, a spokesman for the Department of Justice, could only say that in 2010, 15 people were charged with breaking the Wildlife Act and four people received convictions. (John Thompson)