The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry have clarified what they do with the game they seize.

After 33 moose were seized by the MNRF during a nine-day October enforcement stretch in Bancroft, Perry Sound and Pembroke, Jolanta Kowalski, the Senior Media Relations Officer for the MNRF, says that they make sure no game goes to waste.

“Anything that’s locally seized – game and fish, is donated to individuals in the community that can benefit from it,” Kowalski says. The MNRF make sure the game, wildlife or fish is still suitable for consumption before sending it out. They also have the people that may eat it sign waivers, Kowalski says. “It’s not to imply anything is risky, it’s just to be clear that it hasn’t been inspected,” she says. “We believe that it’s good for them to use, but they’re using it at their own risk,” she continues.

Kowalski says that if it isn’t suitable for consumption, they leave it to decay in the forest. She adds that as long as it’s not in anyone’s way or needed for an investigation, the MNRF don’t touch the game.