NWT wildlife officials warn against allowing edible wild meat to spoil after freezer-full found

photo courtesy ENR/Facebook

NWT Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) officials are warning residents that it is illegal under the territory’s Wildlife Act to intentionally allow edible wild meat to spoil.

The warning, posted to Facebook, comes after ENR officers recovered an abandoned freezer from a gravel pit along Highway 3, between Yellowknife and Behchoko late last month.

The freezer contained wild meat, fish and whale muktuk.

“ENR would like to remind the public that allowing edible wild meat or raw pelts to spoil is an offence under the Wildlife Act,” the post states. “Meat that is spoiled or freezer burnt should not be discarded on the land, especially near communities, as it can attract other animals such as bears or wolves. Contact your nearest ENR office for disposal, and please check your freezer often to make sure it is plugged in and in working order.”

Photo courtesy ENR/Facebook

Respecting wildlife is all of our responsibility, states the post.

The fine for wasting, destroying, abandoning or spoiling an edible part of wildlife or raw pelts or raw hide of fur bearers is $949.00.

If you have any information about the freezer or its contents – call ENR’s North Slave Office at 1-867-767-9238.


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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.