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Illegally dumped pelts prompt ministry to ask for public's help

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is trying to track down the people who discarded a large quantity of animal pelts in the White River area.
Two freezers containing more than 50 fur-bearing pelts and unskinned animal carcasses were abandoned on Pokei Lake Road in August of last year. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is alerting the public about the incident now because a previous tip in the case proved to be unrelated. (MNRF)

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is trying to track down the people who discarded a large quantity of animal pelts in the White River area.

The MNRF said the incident happened last August and details were publicized on a Crime Stoppers episode, but a news release has only been released this week.

Two freezers containing more than 50 pelts and unskinned carcasses of abandoned animals were dumped on Pokei Lake road, 25 kilometres south of White River.

The furs and remains included beaver, lynx, marten, fisher, wolf, otter, weasel, muskrat and mink.

The ministry said anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667, toll-free, any time, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). The ministry can also be contacted during business hours at 705-856-4724.

An MNRF spokesperson told CBC News the ministry hopes area trappers might have information that will assist conservation officers in their investigation.

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