September 5, 2018
The Kaska communities of Daylu Dena Council, Dease River First Nation, and Kwadacha Nation, as well as their representative entity, the Kaska Dena Council have provided notice to the Province of British Columbia to request an immediate hunting closure in the Kaska Territory in British Columbia recently impacted by wildfires.
Since August 21st, the Kaska have been under a state of emergency where evacuees from Lower Post were forced to relocate.
Currently, there still are a number of active large wildfires between Good Hope Lake to Lower Post and over 2,600 sq. km of forests burnt. In addition, the fire risk is too high where Kaska fear hunters could easily cause additional wildfires this fall or weather may put hunters at peril.
The Kaska communities in BC are concerned about the safety of their citizens, hunters and recreates during this time and respectfully have asked resident and non-resident hunters to refrain from hunting in Wildlife Management Units 6-23, 6-24, 6-25, 7-40, 7-41, 7-51, 7-52, 7-53 and 7-54.
Notice of Kaska Nation Hunting Closure Due to Wildfire Impacts
Aug 29, 2018
The Kaska Dena Leadership in British Columbia have written to Minister Donaldson, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Government of British Columbia recommending a hunting closure this season for selected areas in the traditional territory in British Columbia. Given the state of emergency in the traditional territory, province, and ongoing evacuation of Lower Post and Fireside due to the wildfires and the effects to wildlife from the number of large significant fires creating extreme vulnerability, the Kaska Dena are recommending similar measures used in 2017 to address these issues occurring in the traditional territory in B.C.