February 8, 2011
Yukon Wildlife Enforcement Blitz Yields More than 50 Violations (OT)
From Environment Canada website;
WHITEHORSE, Y.T. — October 8, 2010 — Environment Canada officers have completed a two-week import/export border blitz at the Beaver Creek border crossing in Yukon Territory. Officers uncovered more than 50 violations under federal and territorial laws, including those under the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA).
The blitz resulted in 23 seizures or detentions involving whole or parts of protected species such as walrus, black bear, grizzly bear, sea otter, caribou, moose, eagle (feathers), coyote, dall sheep and bowhead whale.
Working in cooperation with the Canada Border Services Agency, Yukon Territorial Conservation Officer Services and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 350 persons or vehicles carrying wildlife or wildlife parts were inspected from September 12 to 24, 2010.
Enforcement actions included written warnings, seizure of goods, and tickets issued under the Yukon Wildlife Act, which is administered by the Yukon territorial government. Some of the violations have led to further investigations which may result in additional charges.