Environment Canada

Environment Canada

October 08, 2010 12:33 ET

Yukon Wildlife Enforcement Blitz Yields More than 50 Violations

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2010) - Environment Canada officers have completed a two-week import/export border blitz at the Beaver Creek border crossing in Yukon Territory. Officers uncovered more than 50 violations under federal and territorial laws, including those under the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA).

The blitz resulted in 23 seizures or detentions involving whole or parts of protected species such as walrus, black bear, grizzly bear, sea otter, caribou, moose, eagle (feathers), coyote, dall sheep and bowhead whale.

Working in cooperation with the Canada Border Services Agency, Yukon Territorial Conservation Officer Services and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, more than 350 persons or vehicles carrying wildlife or wildlife parts were inspected from September 12 to 24, 2010.

Enforcement actions included written warnings, seizure of goods, and tickets issued under the Yukon Wildlife Act, which is administered by the Yukon territorial government. Some of the violations have led to further investigations which may result in additional charges.

WAPPRIITA is the legislation used to implement the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Canada. CITES sets controls, through a permit system, on the international trade and movement of animal and plant species that are endangered, or have been, or may be, threatened due to excessive commercial exploitation.

Environment Canada investigates potential offences under a number of Acts and Regulations including the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999; the Species at Risk Act; the pollution provisions of Canada's Fisheries Act; the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994; the Canada Wildlife Act; and WAPPRIITA. They help ensure that companies, government employees and the general public comply with legislation and regulations that protect Canada's environment.

Further information on CITES and WAPPRIITA may be found at http://www.cites.ec.gc.ca/.

(Également offert en français)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Pascale Boulay
    Press Secretary
    Environment Canada
    Media Relations