Wildlife centre’s Twitter, email accounts hacked

A hacked Twitter and email account led to significant misinformation being spread about the Medicine River Wildlife Centre on Wednesday, causing confusion and anger.

A hacked Twitter and email account led to significant misinformation being spread about the Medicine River Wildlife Centre on Wednesday, causing confusion and anger.

A hoax email claimed the wildlife rehabilitation centre west of Red Deer would be closing. A tweet at about noon on Wednesday said the centre assets and house had been sold and a press release had been sent saying the centre was closed.

With most of the staff away at wildlife rehabilitation conference in Nashville, staff member Erin Young, the education co-ordinator, was in the office to clean up after the mess the hacker left.

In an email to the Red Deer Advocate, Young said they have an idea of who may have been responsible, but would not disclose who it was.

She also said the centre’s Twitter account received a direct message saying “We thought it was quite funny, considering how easy all your passwords are.”

Marred with terrible grammar, the fake press release went on to make outlandish claims about individuals and the centre.

Young said all the claims outlined in the faux release are untrue and the centre is working on renovations.

Just Posted

SUV smashes through fences and deck in Anders

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

Red Deer’s new ‘equity co-ordinator’ will promote tolerance

Andrea Lacoursiere was hired by city with Alberta Human Rights funding

More bridge work this summer in Red Deer’s Coronation Park

The park’s north bridge is being rebuilt to ensure safety

Man badly injured in off-road vehicle collision on Saturday

Incident happened in Mountain View County about 10:50 p.m.

Heat warning in effect for Central Alberta

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Central Alberta. Residents in… Continue reading

CFIA inspects after video shows pigs crammed into B.C. transport truck

The video shows pigs piled on top of one another in a transport truck on a “sweltering” hot day last week

‘City of icebergs:’ Study says 100s of Arctic glaciers shrinking, disappearing

The statistics in her recently published paper say it all: hundreds of… Continue reading

U.S. hits back with WTO challenge against Canada’s retaliatory tariffs

OTTAWA — The United States fired back Monday at the Canadian government’s… Continue reading

Croatia gears up to give heroes’ welcome to World Cup team

ZAGREB, Croatia — Fans are pouring in from throughout the country as… Continue reading

Statelessness a hurdle for some rescued Thai boy

MAE SAI, Thailand — The 12 boys and coach of the Wild… Continue reading

Lobbying commissioner rejects complaints against firearms panel member

OTTAWA — A federal watchdog has dismissed complaints that a mass-shooting survivor… Continue reading

CREA reports June home sales down 10.7% from year ago, but up from May

OTTAWA — The Canadian Real Estate Association says the number of homes… Continue reading

Red Deer Royals place second at Calgary Stampede parade

Royals depicted life in forest and portrayed destruction by human beings

Muslim candidates running in record numbers face backlash

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A liberal woman of colour with zero name recognition… 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