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OPP, MNR investigate after moose carcass lit on fire near Blind River (warning: disturbing images)

A news release issued today by Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reports that a moose carcass was discarded and left to rot on Monday near Canoe Lake Road within the Territory of Mississauga First Nation.

The complainant who reported the incident to authorities returned to the scene to find the moose on fire.

The incident remains under investigation by OPP, Mississauga First Nation Police, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Full text of the news release follows:

MISSISSAUGA FIRST NATION – On Oct. 6, 2020 shortly after 1:15 p.m., a member from the Mississauga First Nation Police Service responded to a report of a moose that had been shot and left to rot within the Territory of Mississauga First Nation.  

Investigation determined, on Oct. 5, 2020 at approximately 5:30 p.m., a fresh moose carcass was located on a trail off of Canoe Lake Road near the powerlines. The complainant returned to the site 15 minutes [later] only to find the carcass on fire.  

The moose had its hind quarters removed as well as its antlers. The suspect(s) had placed a tarp along with other garbage and attempted to burn the rest of the moose remains but were only able to burn the skin/fur off and leaving half of the meat still on the moose.  

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is also assisting with this investigation.  

Any person with information regarding the person(s) responsible for this illegal moose harvest should immediately contact the Mississauga First Nation Police Service or the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or MNR TIPS at 1-877-847-7667.  

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), submit information online or download the P3 app where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.