Have you ever wondered what happens to wildlife meat once it is seized during an investigation by Conservation Officers? Once seized and in the Province’s possession, Conservation Officers will assess the condition of the animal. If it is deemed to be in a consumable condition it will be gifted to local Aboriginal communities, to distribute as they see fit, or it will be gifted to our local food bank. Conservation Officers, under Section 97.3 of the BC Wildlife Act, may dispose of the wildlife, or have the wildlife disposed of, as the minister directs. This disposition method is a great way to help folks in our communities.
To date in our zone, five elk, one mule deer, and one mountain goat have been seized. Of those animals, three of the elk have been gifted to the local Aboriginal communities; one elk and one mule deer were gifted to the local food bank. The rest of the animals were in too poor of condition to consume.
Your Columbia Valley Conservation Officers are currently investigating two unrelated cases of unlawful harvest of elk in the Valley; a 5 x 4 point elk that was shot and left, and a shot and partially-harvested calf elk. There was no open hunting season for either of these animals.
In early October, a member of the public discovered and reported the 5 x 4 shot and left elk. The elk was located by Conservation Officers at approximately the 52 km point on the Francis Creek Road. The elk meat on the 5 x 4 point elk was spoiled and could not be utilized; a complete waste of a beautiful animal.
On Wednesday, September 13th, a landowner in Windermere discovered a dead calf elk in his field. Conservation Officers attended the scene and discovered that the shot and left calf elk had been gutted with the inside “tenderloins” removed. The rest was left to waste.We understand that mistakes can happen when hunting and we are willing to work with hunters who self-report their mistakes to us. Shooting and leaving an animal is a disgraceful act.
Conservation Officers are seeking the public’s assistance to help solve these terrible crimes. If anyone has any information related to either of these occurrences, please contact us at 1-877-952-7277 (#7277 on your cell). Calls can be anonymous.