Thunder Bay

Illegally hunted moose, deer to feed hungry families in Thunder Bay

Moose and other wild game taken illegally in northwestern Ontario is expected to be distributed to about 100 families in need this winter.

Donated meat from partnership between natural resources ministry and regional food distribution association

Rick LeBlanc is a conservation officer with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. (Mary-Jean Cormier / CBC)

Moose and other wild game taken illegally in northwestern Ontario is expected to be distributed to about 100 families in need this winter.

That's because of a co-operative program between the Regional Food Distribution Association and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Approximately six moose and three deer that were hunted illegally and seized by the ministry will go to the RFDA, according to Rick LeBlanc, a conservation officer in the Thunder Bay District.

The meat being distributed to the families will be professionally butchered and ready for preparation, he said.

"It is packaged into family sized portions," he said.

"It's typically roast, cuts of steaks, loins and a lot of ground. It's very family-friendly and easily prepared for family-sized portions."

The moose and deer meat is slated to be delivered to the RFDA in time for Christmas; LeBlanc said it's scheduled to arrive on Wednesday.

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