By The Canadian Press
DAUPHIN, Man. – The managing director of the Manitoba Wildlife Federation says conservation officers in the province need more resources to deal with poachers.
Rob Olson says there aren’t enough officers around several poaching hot spots which will make it difficult to enforce the stiffer penalties the province now has for illegal hunting.
He says those hot spots include Spruce Woods, Fisher Branch, Riding Mountain Park and around the Duck Mountains.
He says there have been reports of hunters illegally using spotlights in those areas, but he says one or two officers can’t effectively patrol the region.
The federation is meeting with hunting groups and municipalities across the province to build support for their message to the provincial government.