HALIFAX – Natural Resources officers are asking for the public’s help as they investigate an second incident of moose poaching on the Nova Scotia mainland within the past month.
A hide was discovered floating in the South Branch Apple River last week. It’s presumed the moose was killed Thanksgiving weekend, the meat was taken and the remains dumped in the river.
“We can’t stress enough how detrimental poaching is to the moose population on mainland Nova Scotia,” Natural Resources Minister David Morse said in a release Wednesday.
“Each and every moose we have left is precious and, in an effort to increase the mainland moose population, we need the public’s help to enforce a zero-tolerance policy for this offence.”
Moose in mainland Nova Scotia have been listed as “endangered” under the Nova Scotia Endangered Species Act since 2003. There are about 1,000 of the animals in that part of the province.
Individuals convicted of illegally killing the animal have received fines of about $7,500.
Under terms of the act, a first-time offence can face a $500,000 maximum fine for individuals and $1 million for corporations. These fines can double with each additional mainland moose killed.