Mounties have launched an investigation into claims that members of the "Freemen on the Land" movement have now forcibly taken over several trappers' cabins south of Grande Prairie.
Forestry workers in the area, including those from Canfor and Weyerhauser, have been alerted that the group is threatening trappers in the vicinity of Misery Mountain and Karr Creek, roughly 80 kilometres south of Grande Prairie, in an oil-and-logging area known for its hunting and trapping grounds.
A warning email was distributed to Alberta's forestry community this week, asking people to avoid the area as men have occupied a cabin and "will defend it with all necessary force."
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) confirmed it's been dealing with freemen in the area since late May. Several people camped out in contravention of the Public Lands Act were sent an eviction notice in June which was not complied with, ESRD said.