The Tahltan Nation has announced that everyone, including hunters and wildlife enthusiasts, should avoid non essential travel to Tahltan Territory until the province safely enters Stage 4 of the COVID-19 response.
The consequence of spreading COVID-19 is too great given the limited access to acute medical care for residents along the remote Highway 37 corridor, according to a Tahltan release. All non-essential travel to Dease Lake, Iskut and Telegraph Creek should be avoided, and all recreational activity is strongly discouraged north of Bob Quinn, including hunting regions 6-19 to 6-26.
Hunting and recreational activity access points, including the Stikine Bridge, will be blocked with gates, and monitored, including video surveillance. The Tahltan Central Government’s Wildlife Department and ‘guardians’ will be patrolling Tahltan Territory and asking all visitors to follow appropriate procedures or leave if they choose to ignore this travel advisory.
The RCMP is cooperating, according to the Tahltan, and the Tahltan Nation is working with the province to get additional RCMP and Conservation officer support.