MNRF releases new tool to help solve wildlife offences
Tyllore Martelle - Staff Writer
Every year across the province of Ontario, many different wildlife offences are committed. Offences such as dumping waste on Crown Land, illegal sale of species at risk, wildlife, or animal parts, letting big game spoil, and illegal timber harvesting are all left unsolved due to the large amount of remote areas. Since many offences are committed deep in the bush, it is hard to have eyewitnesses to the crimes.
In response, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry have released a brand new tool to help hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts report crimes or suspicious findings through an online tool. The new, interactive map shows the ministry’s unsolved cases. It can be found by accessing the Solve a Natural Resource Case web page which includes common natural resource violations, recent unsolved cases, as well as directions on how to report an offence or submit a tip. Additional information such as specific cases, summaries of violations, as well as dates and locations of offences can be found on the web page.
People can visit the web page at https://www.ontario.ca/page/solve-natural-resource-case.
Rick Ladouceur, Director of the ministry’s Enforcement Branch explained, “Each tip — even one as simple as reporting a licence plate number or that a certain type of vehicle was seen in the area — can be the one that makes a difference between solving a case or not.” In a press release the MNRF put out, Ladouceur continued, “We’re hoping that this new online map will help jog some memories and that people will contact our conservation officers if they heard or saw anything.”
“We rely on community support and tips from the public to help us solve cases. We often send out news releases asking for the public’s assistance with specific cases and this interactive map is another tool that gives Ontarians a chance to help protect our province’s natural resources,” Ladouceur concluded.