Alberta charges 10 people with 323 wildlife poaching-related charges

Alberta has charged 10 people in the illegal killing of dozens of wild animals that were shot and left to rot on the ground west of Edmonton.

EDSON — Alberta has charged 10 people in the illegal killing of dozens of wild animals that were shot and left to rot on the ground west of Edmonton.

The Justice Department says the accused face 323 poaching-related charges under the provincial Wildlife Act.

The 36 animals that were killed included deer, moose, elk and a black bear.

The carcasses were found last November in the Edson area.

The accused are to appear in Edson provincial court on Aug. 5.

Last fall the Alberta Fish and Game Association called the killings deplorable and said the province needs more wildlife officers and tougher penalties for people convicted of poaching.

Investigators say tips from the public helped them identify suspects.

“I want to thank everyone who helped conclude this investigation by calling in tips,” Justice Minister Jonathan Denis said Wednesday in a release.

“Poaching is a significant crime in Alberta and charges like these show how serious we are about protecting our province’s fish and wildlife resources.”

The accused include Derek Brown, Colton Campbell, Michaela Scott, Devan Dozorec and Tiffany Brown, who together face 204 counts.

The other accused in the case can’t be named because they are either under 18 or were under 18 at the time of the alleged offences.

The Alberta Conservation Association estimates that fewer than 10 per cent of poaching cases in the province are detected.

The top five poached mammals in Alberta are deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep and bears.

Just Posted

Manslaughter charge laid against Red Deer man more than a year after homicide

A manslaughter charge has been laid against a Red Deer man, more… Continue reading

Woman facing charges after pedestrian critically injured in hit and run

A woman is in custody in connection with an alleged hit and… Continue reading

Friday hail storm came at a bad time for farmers

Amount of damage a hail storm does often depends on how far along crops are

Concern growing over poor hay crops

Hay yields in some areas half of what it was last year

Updated: SUV smashes through fences and deck in Anders

Driver taken to hospital after SUV veered off 30th Avenue into Anders

Man suffers critical injuries, Red Deer police arrest woman in pedestrian crash

A man is in hospital with critical injuries and Mounties have arrested… Continue reading

Cull hasn’t been able to solve bunny burden in Alberta mountain town of Canmore

CANMORE, Alta. — Problems persist in an Alberta mountain town overrun with… Continue reading

Canada should help Holocaust denier on trial in Germany: civil liberties group

OTTAWA — A civil liberties group is urging the Canadian government to… Continue reading

Westerner Days: Send us your photos

Your reader photo may just make the pages of the Adovcate.

Adam Henrique signs $29.1M, 5-year extension with Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Centre Adam Henrique has signed a $29.1 million, five-year… Continue reading

Fashion firms upend design routine to focus on speed, trends

NEW YORK — Prototypes? Passe. Fashion company Betabrand saw that knitwear was… Continue reading

Trimming and tidying: Perennials need care too

The great attraction in growing perennial flowers is that you never have… Continue reading

Johnny Depp settles lawsuits involving former managers

LOS ANGELES — Johnny Depp has settled lawsuits with his former business… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month