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Updated: Dead elk found in Squamish Valley sparks Conservation Officer Service investigation

Squamish Nation working with authorities on the case and considering possible future action.

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) is investigating after four elk were found dead in the Squamish Valley.

The COS confirmed to The Squamish Chief that it received multiple calls to its Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) hotline regarding the dead elk found in the Squamish Valley on Feb. 20.

Because conservation officers are investigating this matter, the COS said it could not provide additional details at this time.

"The COS will provide an update once we are in a position to do so," a spokesperson said.

Poaching has been an ongoing concern in the Squamish Valley for residents, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw  (Squamish Nation), and the COS.

Last summer, a grizzly was found illegally killed.

“Squamish Nation is aware of this issue and actively working with the Conservation Officer Service on the investigation,” said  Sxwixwtn, Wilson Williams, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw spokesperson and council member in an email.

“Poaching, as well as other illegal activities on our lands, such as trespassing, garbage dumping, etc, are of great concern to the Nation. And it is extremely distressing to us to see that despite our best efforts, these types of destructive activities persist. We have always said our goal is to peacefully co-exist with outdoor recreationists, as long as they remain respectful of our lands, waters, and everything that lives within them. If that is impossible, then we will have no other choice but to assess all options and take further action.”

 Locals can report any violation of fisheries, wildlife, or environmental protection laws to the RAPP line.

Call the 24-hour hotline at 1-877-952-7277.

Violations can also be reported by filling in a form online.

Salmon-related violations should be reported to Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) at: 1-800-465-4336.