The N.W.T. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is seeking the public's help in finding the person responsible for dumping moose meat at the Yellowknife sandpits, a recreational area off Highway 3 near the city limits.

On Oct. 28, a man out walking his dogs in the area found a pile of meat.

"It turned out it was a rump end of a large moose, so there's quite a bit of meat," said Brad McInnes, an environmental protection officer. "As well there's backstraps and tenderloins still attached."

In the Northwest Territories, wasting meat from big game animals is against the law. McInnes says only the head, lower legs, internal organs and meat that's damaged from a gunshot can be left behind. 

ENR says the person responsible could face a $575 ticket and charges could be laid.

Last year about 70 pounds of frozen, packaged moose meat was found abandoned on Highway 3 about 15 kilometres outside Yellowknife.

If you have any information or evidence about incidents of meat wastage, contact the North Slave ENR office at 873-7181 or N.W.T.'s Report a Poacher toll-free line at 1-866-762-2437.