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December 3, 2013
PORT ALBERNI, B.C. — A group of Vancouver Island First Nations is offering a $25,000 reward for the prosecution of those conducting an illegal elk kill in its territory.
The Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations say since April, at least eight elk have been found dead in the Port Alberni area.
Some of the carcasses have been abandoned, while others have been partially harvested, and four more appeared to have been professional butchered.
First Nations officials says the elk and other wildlife are not only valued for food, but are of great cultural significance.