FREDERICTON (GNB) – Ten people were arrested after the seizure of more than 590 kilograms (1,300 pounds) of moose and deer meat, numerous firearms, illegal drugs, a vehicle and other hunting equipment in Charlotte County.

The Department of Justice and Public Safety carried out search warrants on Tuesday, Nov. 21, as part of an investigation into the illegal harvesting of deer and moose. The 10 people arrested face charges under the New Brunswick Fish and Wildlife Act, as well as possible charges under the federal Firearms Act and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Illegal hunting has a negative effect on moose and deer populations. It works against wildlife management practices and promotes the use of damaging and dangerous hunting methods that reduce access to legitimate hunting opportunities.

People are encouraged to help protect the province’s natural resources by reporting illegal hunting and fishing, as well as wood theft, to their nearest conservation office of the Department of Justice and Public Safety or to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).