Photos posted to Facebook show cooked chickens improperly disposed of in the bush after the Easter long weekend. (Facebook)

C/TFN employee dumps chicken meat into bush near Carcross

Employees have since been given training on how to properly dispose of meat

Carcross/Tagish First Nation’s acting senior director of operations says employees have been given training after chicken meat was improperly disposed of in the bush after the Easter long weekend.

At least two posts began circulating on Facebook last week that appeared to show a large amount of meat on the ground in a semi-wooded area.

In an interview April 17, James Smith confirmed that a C/TFN employee had improperly disposed of 12 chickens in the bush following the Easter long weekend, with the intention of leaving them for animals to eat.

The chickens had been cooked before the weekend, he said, and when staff returned to work on Tuesday, the meat had gone bad.

“…The person who decided to dispose of them didn’t do so in a very good manner, I guess, so we worked to rectify the situation as quickly as we could, and it’s all taken care of,” Smith said.

Smith would not identify the position the person held, saying it was an internal human resources matter.

The meat was dumped near the highway south of Carcross. Smith said the First Nation found out about the situation “basically because of the chatter that happened of Facebook.” He said he didn’t know when the clean-up happened because he wasn’t directly involved with it, but that the First Nation took action once it found out what had happened.

C/TFN employees have “absolutely” since received training and education on the proper disposal of meat, according to Smith. He added that he hadn’t heard of something like this happening before.

In an email, Environment Yukon spokesperson Heather Avery wrote that conservation officers received reports about “chickens dumped into the bush near Carcross” on April 16.

“After a thorough search of the area they found no evidence of the chickens and no further action will be undertaken,” she wrote.

“…We would like to remind the public that bears are waking up across the territory. All attractants should be properly disposed of or properly contained to keep bears from becoming food habituated.”

Contact Jackie Hong at

Environment Yukon

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Former Liard First Nation chief goes to court over June election

George Morgan is alleging corruption and bias on the part of the chief returning officer

No new COVID-19 cases despite infection ‘wake-up call’

Testing surged this week after the government released new information about infected visitors

Apology for racist actions of Yukon Energy Dawson City employee inadequate, complainants say

Two Dawson City residents who were accosted by a Yukon Energy employee… Continue reading

Yukon legal aid can only fund 100 hours to prep for murder case, executive director says

Lawyers for Charabelle and Lynzee Silverfox, charged with first-degree murder, seeking more funding


Wyatt’s World for Aug. 5, 2020

Delegate calls for crosswalk changes to show support for people of colour

Mayor states support for idea, but cautions it could take some time

Whitehorse advises of water system maintenance

Residents on the city’s water system are being advised they may notice… Continue reading

Walkway, signs planned for West Dawson paddlewheel graveyard

Unofficial attraction may get 135-m walkway and interpretive signs, if YESAB application approved

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week. Tennis… Continue reading

Cancan show to return to Gerties

The Klondike Visitors Association announced in a press release on July 29… Continue reading

Air North named best airline

Tripadvisor named Air North the Travellers’ Choice Best Airline in Canada 2020… Continue reading

Community banking services to move to CIBC

A number of Yukon communities will see changes in banking this fall… Continue reading

Majority of Yukon businesses don’t have employees working remotely during COVID-19, survey says

Less than a third of businesses have any portion of their workforce working remotely

Most Read