One hundred and fifty years ago, in 1867, Canada’s oldest wildlife conservation agency was created, right here in Québec. These wildlife resource conservation pioneers were given the mandate to apply a law designed to protect animal species. Over the years, the responsibilities of wildlife conservation officers have increased. Originally called gamekeepers and fish wardens, their efforts to fight poaching and protect wildlife today are combined with:
- the conservation of wildlife habitats;
- the application of measures related to wildlife diseases and invasive alien species;
- awareness-raising in the public;
- immobilization of wild animals that wander into urban areas;
- safety, in collaboration with other public protection agencies;
- managing land guardians and assistants (wildlife partners).
In order to obtain additional evidence to create a notice of offence (a ticket), they can count on the support of the following entities to help in their investigative work.
- the SOS Poaching line;
- the Service du renseignement et de soutien aux enquêtes;
- the canine squad (in French only);
- the bio-legal expertise lab (in French only).