Undercover officers foil wildlife traffickers

Fish and wildlife officers charge seven

If a hunter legally harvests a big game animal, he can have the head mounted and the meat processed. However, selling the meat is a totally different matter; there is no way to do this legally.

Seizure - Paper Bags Containing Dried Meat - 322The special investigations section of our fish and wildlife enforcement branch has many officers working undercover to identify wildlife traffickers throughout the province. They do this by posing as potential buyers and sellers while interacting with suspected wildlife traffickers. In fact, an undercover investigation focusing on the trafficking of big game in north-central Alberta wrapped up on July 14th, 2014.

Seven individuals have been charged with 23 counts under the Wildlife Act.

On July 14, 2014, officers seized 322 packages of moose and elk meat, which is worth approximately $6,500 on the black market. Officers also seized $1,105 in cash and a 2013 Ford F-150 truck.

In this case, sources alleged that wildlife was being illegally bought and sold in the Lac Ste. Anne area of Alberta. Officers investigated these tips to see whether they were valid, and ultimately, they launched an undercover operation targeting identified suspects.

Seizure - paper bags dried meatAny unregulated trade in wildlife helps fuel black market demand, which could lead to increased poaching and pressure on animal populations. Any sale of wild animals should be treated as unlawful, but there are some exceptions. In addition, wildlife laws vary in each province and country. If someone is selling wildlife to a person outside Alberta, it’s important to check that the exchange is legal in both jurisdictions.

If you wish to find out more, please contact your nearest Alberta fish and wildlife enforcement branch office toll-free at 310-0000 to speak to a Fish and Wildlife officer.



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11 Responses to Undercover officers foil wildlife traffickers

  1. Christina says:

    It’s the same thing as a drug bust. You can’t seize marijuana and give it to those who are medically able to consume it.

  2. Dan says:

    Well done. Just another reason that proves we need MORE Officers to help rid our Province of criminals such as these.

  3. Brian Gilman says:

    Great work! Poachers are the reason why it is getting so expensive to hunt and Fish in Alberta. It’s good to see the good guys win once in a while! Now you have a new truck to use against the bad guys as well!!!!

  4. Steve Callahan says:

    Great work guys extremely well done.

  5. Jill says:

    Can they just give the meat to poor people though? It’d be a help for them.

  6. Steven says:

    How did it be determined that the value of the meat was $6500? How many lbs were siezed? Would it be a safe guess that since there we 322 packages there were 322lbs??

  7. Jon says:

    I so agree to give the meat to the Bissel Center then letting it go to waste..hope that happens..but really!!..Spend taxe payers money on something more substantial..like the real crooks..I’m talking about our Goverment who keeps spending money on trips that I wish I can afford to take like they do..now that’s an effort that should be used ..not on this petty crime

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  9. joshua says:

    What happens with the confiscated meat now? Is it still used or does it end up going to waste? I’m glad to hear that the offenders were caught, but I hate to think that the meat might not be used now that it is considered evidence.

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