Justice minister Darrin King said *Anyone found in violation of the hunting ban will face fines and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, says Justice Minister Darin King. The ban will be reassessed after two years*
Being ever the skeptic I wonder what is realy going on here, or is it a genuine attempt to protect a species at risk.
Three ministers to announce something like this has to be an anomaly.
Does the province have the will plus resources both in people and equipment, not to mention fiscal, to follow up on the threat to prosecute all and sundry.
Another issue, a very serious one, is the groups over in Quebec, what will happen over there. There are some sub group herds in the western part of Quebec, but for generations parts of the George River herd has sauntered through some of the communities on a yearly basis. Maybe that has changed with the decline, but we still need to hear from the Inuit, the Innu the Cree and the Quebec Government one would think.
Here is a link to some press releases issued by the NL Government over the past 9 years, Stop or we will say Stop again.
Not very encouraging is it?
Update: I guess the highlight of the CBC Labrador mornings news was news briefs of the chief of Natuashish saying he is not going to stop hunting. A link to a story here but nothing of length available yet.