Wolf Attack Inquest Findings Prompt Action
Tuesday, February 05, 2008 at 13:45
An assistant deputy minister with Saskatchewan Environment says a committee has been struck to examine the issue of how northern communities should deal with wildlife that frequent garbage dumps.
Dave Phillips says his ministry began meeting with representatives from New North in late November after receiving recommendations from the Kenton Carnegie inquest.
Findings from that hearing determined that Carnegie died from a wolf attack, animals that are known to frequent northern landfills.
Phillips says Saskatchewan Environment has accepted all of the recommendations laid out in the inquest.
However, he notes that mandatory fencing may not be the most effective method of keeping wolves out of these areas.
At the inquest, it was learned that wolves sometimes dig under fences erected to keep them out.
Phillips says a committee has been struck to determine the most effective means of keeping northern dumping grounds free of wildlife.
He expects to finalize a new strategy by late spring or early summer.
Phillips says whatever strategies are implemented, they will have to reflect the circumstances of each individual site.
He adds Saskatchewan Environment is also working on a new protocol between itself, the RCMP and the coroner’s office for handling incidents such as these.