Fish and wildlife officers are looking for information related to five separate unsolved cases from the 2017 hunting season. Under the Wildlife Act, it is an offense to allow the edible flesh of a big game animal to go to waste.
Anyone with information on these or any other fisheries or wildlife violations are encouraged to contact the Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800, or online through www.alberta.ca/report-poacher.aspx.
All personal information collected under The Report A Poacher program is kept strictly confidential, and users can choose to remain anonymous. Those who send information may be eligible for a reward.
On November 5, 2017, Stettler fish and wildlife officers received a report of a shot and left bull moose four miles west of the Hamlet of Byemoor. The hamlet is located southeast of Stettler in Wildlife Management Unit 166. Officers located an antlered bull moose. Although the moose had been scavenged by other wildlife, it didn’t appear that the person who shot it took any meat from it.
On November 8, 2017, Stettler fish and wildlife officers were notified of a moose carcass where only the head, hide and backstraps were salvaged. The kill site was located approximately six miles south of Highway 12 and the Hamlet of Botha, near Shooting lake in Wildlife Management Unit 166. Two individuals were observed near the moose carcass. They were driving a teal green pickup truck with a white topper. Officers would like to speak with either of these individuals.
On November 10, 2017, the Camrose fish and wildlife district received a call from a concerned member of the public regarding two moose that were shot and left. The moose were located approximately three miles southwest of the Town of Forestburg in Wildlife Management Unit 204. Officers located a small, antlered bull moose and an antlerless cow moose. Nothing was salvaged off the animals.
On November 10, 2017, Stettler fish and wildlife officers were notified of an abandoned antlered mule deer carcass located northeast of Stettler in Wildlife Management Unit 204. The deer had been shot. Officers were advised that a white, extended cab pickup truck, which was driving westbound on Secondary Highway 601, stopped on the road. Two passengers who appeared to be youths exited the vehicle from the passenger side of the truck. They reportedly discharged their firearms multiple times and then left without checking to see if they hit anything.
On November 22, 2017, while conducting hunter compliance checks, Stettler fish and wildlife officers located two abandoned antlerless mule deer carcasses. The deer were found approximately five miles west of the Forestburg Reservoir in Wildlife Management Unit 204. Nothing was salvaged off the animals.