Poacher on the loose

The Carcross/Tagish First Nations are appealing for help tracking down a poacher. On October 19, sometime between 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., someone dumped the remains of a moose and calf.

The Carcross/Tagish First Nations are appealing for help tracking down a poacher.

On October 19, sometime between 1:30 and 6:30 p.m., someone dumped the remains of a moose and calf on the side of an abandoned logging road just south of the Yukon/BC border.

“I drove by that spot in the morning, and on the way back that evening I saw it,” said Dan Cresswell, the deputy chief of the Carcross/Tagish First Nations. “The only thing we know is that someone shot them, brought them home, or to a camp, and butchered them up and just dropped the remains beside the road.”

Both the cow and the calf had the nose and tongues removed and there were saw marks on some of the remains.

“It was this year’s calf,” said Cresswell. “It wasn’t even a yearling, just a little bull with a small bump where its antlers would have grown.”

Posters have been put up in the area, but so far no one has come forward with any information.

“We’d like to know what happened,” said Cresswell. “It could be someone poached them and went down the highway to the Lower Mainland somewhere.

“We just don’t know.”

Finding something like this is pretty rare, he said.

“Our people are out on the land and we don’t have a lot of our people come finding this kind of stuff,” said Cresswell. “People do make mistakes, but if you do, you report it to the conservation officer and own up to what you’ve done.

“I don’t’ know who would do this to a cow and calf and then leave it on the side of the road.”

Anyone with information should call or leave a message at 867-821-8216 or 867-332-5393.

All calls will be kept strictly confidential.

Contact Josh Kerr at joshk@yukon-news.com

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