Officers with the Resource Enforcement Division have conducted two separate investigations into groups for allegedly illegally harvesting caribou in Labrador.
On Monday, February 28, 2022, Resource Enforcement Officers responded to complaints of illegal caribou harvesting in Northern Labrador where they located snowmobilers and snowmobiles with several caribou and caribou parts in the area of a cabin. The individuals were investigated in relation to illegal harvesting.
On Thursday, March 10, 2022, Resource Enforcement Officers investigated several snowmobilers for alleged illegal harvesting of caribou in Southeastern Labrador. The Resource Enforcement officers from the Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Port Hope Simpson offices coordinated the response with support from the NunatuKavut Community Council and the Cartwright Office of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
Under the Endangered Species Act, a first conviction of this nature may result in a fine between $1,000 and $50,000 or a term of imprisonment of up to three months or both. For subsequent convictions, the sentences may increase depending on the situation.
The public is encouraged to report suspected illegal hunting activity. Information provided by the public plays a significant role in assisting investigations being carried out by Resource Enforcement Officers. Report suspicious activity anonymously at any time, by calling 1-877-820-0999 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Anonymous reports can also be submitted online at www.nlcrimestoppers.com or www.stoppoaching.ca.