Man beaten by suspected poachers
VULCAN— A Calgary man is recovering from injuries after he was attacked for videotaping someone illegally fishing at a southern Alberta reservoir.
RCMP and wildlife officials say the victim was punched and kicked by two men Sunday after he taped the alleged poaching at the Travers Reservoir near Vulcan.
The injured man was able to get the licence plate of his attackers, but no charges have been laid.
Darren Unreiner, a fish and wildlife officer, says it’s the first time he’s ever heard of a poaching-related assault at the reservoir.
Unreiner says usually if people are caught illegally fishing, they will immediately return their catch to the water.
Fish and Wildlife officers say illegal fishing at the reservoir is increasing because poachers are taking advantage of the fact there’s no cellphone service in the area for people to immediately call the authorities.