Alberta briefs – September 23

A woman was sentenced to 26 months in jail on Wednesday in Red Deer provincial court for drug trafficking at Bowden Institution.

Woman jailed for drug trafficking at Bowden Institution

A woman was sentenced to 26 months in jail on Wednesday in Red Deer provincial court for drug trafficking at Bowden Institution.

Earlier this year, Christina Lee Luck, 28, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking on Jan. 9 at the federal prison.

The case involved 61 tablets of OxyCodone, a narcotic pain-relief pill.

She was also issued a 10-year firearms prohibition.


Calgary, Toronto zoos honoured for work saving marmots

CALGARY — Two Canadian zoos are sharing a North American conservation award for their work in saving the endangered Vancouver Island marmot.

Calgary and Toronto have been recognized by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The Calgary Zoo has contributed 95 marmot pups since 2000 for reintroduction to the wild or to bolster the captive breeding population.

The Vancouver Island marmot is one of the most endangered mammals on the continent. It is one of 14 marmot species worldwide and exists nowhere else except on the Island.

Habitat loss, predation and a small population base for reproduction led to a rapid decline in numbers. The marmots were down to less than 30 wild animals by 2003 but have rebounded to about 300.

The Toronto Zoo received the first six wild marmots in the 1990s to initiate the captive breeding component of a recovery plan established in British Columbia in 1988 for the dwindling species.

To date, a total of 375 marmots have been released back to the wild.


Elk hit trails to avoid wolves

CALGARY — A study suggests elk in Canada’s mountain parks are cosying up to lightly used hiking trails to avoid predators such as wolves.

The University of Calgary study looked at how human activity is changing animal behaviour in Banff, Kootenay and Yoho national parks.

The findings show it may be beneficial to some animals for Parks Canada to limit how many people use trails that run through quality wildlife habitat such as valley bottoms.