More calls from the public
Members of the public are more and more reporting illegal hunting and fishing activity to Department of Natural Resources staff.
SYDNEY — Members of the public are more and more reporting illegal hunting and fishing activity to Department of Natural Resources staff, a local official says.
Bruce Nunn, regional manager of enforcement, said it’s been a busy season for conservation officers.
“ We’re getting more calls from the public, which is great, because getting them involved in protecting our resources is the way it should be, we’re working for them,” he said.
As for what’s behind that, Nunn referred to recent coverage in the
Cape Breton Post, including a story on illegal moose hunting, which spurred a lot of feedback.
“People would call us and even meet up on the street and say, ‘ by the way, did you hear about soand-so?’” Nunn said.
Staff is also targeting areas where they know there have been problems in the past, he added.
“ We’re trying to do law enforcement differently as well, it’s not just reactive, just wait for someone to pick up the phone and call us, but to actually try to be in the right area at the right time as well.”
The public is generally supportive of efforts to stop poaching, Nunn said, because they want wildlife to be protected. He noted seasons and bag limits play an important role in protecting fish populations. He noted poachers often believe they can get away with their actions because they take place in remote areas and they can go undetected.
DNR staff conducting wildlife surveys via helicopter last week discovered illegal ice fishing at Stewarts Lake, a remote fresh water lake near Louisbourg. Conservation officers visited the area and found evidence linked to illegal fishing, seizing sport fishing equipment, fishing rods and tackle. They are continuing to look into the matter and have some suspects.
The department and Cape Breton Regional Police are also investigating a complaint of deer jacking that occurred Wednesday at 12:30 a.m. in the Mountain Road area of Coxheath. Four shots were reported to have been fired and a dark-coloured truck with a loud exhaust and bright blue headlights was seen in the area.
Staff also seized some trapping devices in the Long Island, Georges River area, where someone was using illegal trapping methods and not marking their equipment as required.
DNR also conducted unannounced off-highway vehicle patrols on the weekend and found that compliance to regulations was high.
Anyone wanting to contact DNR staff can call 1-800-565-2224 or email REPORT A POACHER @gov.ns.ca or fill out a report at https://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/enforcement/fillout-form.asp.