The Taku River Tlingit First Nation (TRTFN) has declared a hunting restriction in its traditional territory.
Hunting in TRTFN traditional territory is now restricted to TRTFN citizens and the residents of Atlin, B.C.
All other hunting is deemed non-essential.
“TRTFN is the steward of this land, and the people here rely on what the land provides,” the First Nation said in a statement Wednesday.
“TRTFN will assert its authority to take measures as necessary to protect the land and its people.”
The TRTFN is in a state of emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Non-essential travel for hunting purposes to TRTFN traditional territory puts this community at risk and jeopardizes food security,” the First Nation said.
“TRTFN continues to work with partner governments to collaborate in response to COVID-19.”
An information check stop will be set up on Highway 7 on Friday.