EDMONTON - Alberta forestry staff have been warned to avoid a wooded area south of Grande Prairie after a land-claim dispute led to armed threats.
A message circulated through Alberta's forestry community Wednesday warned that a group claiming to be freemen-on-the-land have occupied a cabin about 80km south of Grande Prairie and refuse to leave.
"They have reportedly occupied his trapper's cabin," read the email, "and indicated to him that they 'will defend it with all necessary force'."
The group has occupied the cabin since May, according to one of the three trappers whose registered lines have been taken over.
Though he would not give many details and asked his name not be used, the trapper said the situation escalated when the freemen began brandishing weapons to get their point across.