Fish and Wildlife Officers attend a scene of a shot and left animal. (Photo contributed by Alberta Justice)

Whodunnit? Stettler, Camrose Fish and Wildlife look to solve poaching cases

Cases date back to November 2017

Officers have exhausted all leads in five unsolved cases involving wildlife violations.

Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers are asking for the public’s help in cracking the cases from November 2017.

The incidents happened predominantly in the Stettler area, but a Camrose area case also remains unsolved, according to Alberta Justice.

On Nov. 5, Stettler fish and wildlife officers responded to a shot bull moose that was left just west of Byemoor. Officers found an antlered bull moose that had been scavenged by animals, but it did not appear the person who shot it took any meat from it.

On Nov. 8, Stettler officers were notified of a moose carcass where only the head, hide and backstraps were salvaged. The moose was killed about six miles south of Botha near the shooting lake wildlife management area. Two people were seen near the moose carcass. They drove a teal green pickup truck with a white topper. Officers would like to speak with these individuals.

On Nov. 10, Camrose officers responded to a scene southwest of Forestburg where two moose were shot and left. Officer found an antlered bull moose and an antlerless cow moose at a nearby wildlife management unit. Nothing was salvaged off of either of the animals.

Also on Nov. 10, Stettler officers investigated an abandoned antlered mule deer carcass found northeast of Stettler. The deer had been shot. Officers were told a white, extended cab pickup truck was stopped on Hwy 601. Two youth passengers exited the vehicle and shot firearms multiple times, but left without checking to see if they hit anything.

On Nov. 22, Stettler officers conducting hunter compliance checks found two abandoned antlerless mule deer carcasses. The deer were found about five miles west of the Forestburg reservoir. Nothing was salvaged off of these animals.

Under the Wildlife Act, it is an offence to allow the edible flesh of a big game animal to go to waste.

Anyone with information about these incidents, or any other violations, are asked to contact the Report-a-Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800 or online through www.alberta.ca/report-poacher.aspx. All personal information is kept confidential.



mcrawford@reddeeradvocate.com

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