A Yukon MLA is still trying to shut down an illegal shooting range, as some residents nearby say it’s dangerous, irresponsible and loud.
Kevin Barr, the MLA for Mount Lorne - Southern Lakes, said nothing has changed since he raised the issue in the legislative assembly in May. At the time, Yukon Environment Minister Currie Dixon promised the government would look into it and discuss it with the Kwanlin Dun First Nation. Residents say so far, nothing has been done.
The range is located alongside the Alaska Highway on Kwanlin Dun land, near the Scout Lake turnoff.
Barr said local residents have been trying for years to clean it up
"There had been past volunteer crews that had cleaned it up and now that the gravel's been removed, the gravel pile, all the mess is back again, so there has to be, I guess, an ongoing commitment with the Kwanlin Dun and YTG (Yukon Territorial Government) to resolve the issue, and I know that it's been an eyesore and it's been a concern for going on 10 years now," he said.
People have been using it to shoot at cans, old cars and appliances.
"I'm about a kilometre away from it, and some days I’ve heard gunshots coming out of there when it's actually after dark," said William Carlick, who lives near the quarry.
The Kwanlin Dun First Nation once tried to block access to the site by installing a road block. However, the Yukon Government deemed the block was illegal and the First Nation was forced to remove it.