Stettler Fish and Wildlife officers are asking for assistance from the public to help track down the people responsible for a couple of deer carcasses found north of Stettler last week. “A concerned member of the public notified us after finding two skinned white-tailed deer carcasses north of Stettler,” said Scott Kallweit, District Fish and Wildlife Officer for Stettler area.
The site where the carcasses were located is only a few miles north of town near the junction of Township Road 392 and Range Road 19-5.
“It is an offence under the Wildlife Act to allow the edible flesh of big game to go to waste, and the maximum penalty for this offence is $50,000 and/or one year in jail,” said Kallweit.
On Friday, Feb. 19 the Stettler Fish and Wildlife Officers received another call that more carcasses had been dumped at the same site.
“I went out to that same location and found several boxes of what appeared to be just scrap meat and bones,” said Kallweit. “There were no additional wasted carcasses and this would be considered more of a littering offence.”
According to Kallweit, their goal is to promote the Report a Poacher Hotline and encourage people to call if they observe or hear about any illegal wildlife activity.
“Quite often it seems people feel like they don’t have enough information to provide or that it’s not important enough to call in,” added Kallweit. “I would just like to remind people that when it comes to investigating fish and wildlife crime, we are always happy to discuss it with them and look into it further.”
Any member of the public with any information regarding this or any other wildlife crime is requested to contact the Stettler Fish and Wildlife Office at 403-742-7546 or the Report A Poacher hotline at 1-800-642-3800.
Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.