Ex-NWT man convicted of meat wastage

Two young Peary caribou (Rangifer tarandus pearyi), Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada. Photo courtesy of WWF Canada

A former NWT man has been banned from holding a Yukon hunting licence until 2021 and ordered to make a two thousand dollar contribution to the Turn in Poachers and Polluters fund after he was convicted of wasting caribou meat.

Bradley Mitchell was found guilty of leaving several abandoned caribou carcasses alongn the Dempster Highway near Rock River in 2013.

In July of that year, witnesses saw Mitchell hunting caribou in the area and the next day, those same witnesses discovered the abandoned carcasses and reported it to conservation officers.

According to a news release from the Yukon Government, Mitchell admitted to conservation officers that he had only retrieved a small quantitly of meat.

He was charged under the Wildlife Act but did not show up for court.

A warrant wasd then issued for his arrest.

Whitehorse RCMP located Mitchell last month and he was brought before the court.

He pleaded guilty in court last week and was sentenced.

Mitchell was also ordered to complete the Hunter Education and Ethics Development course before he will be eligible to obtain a Yukon hunting licence in three years time.

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