By Patricia Riley
The level of poaching that occurred through this year’s hunting season is comparable to last year’s, say officials.
“I would say it’s comparable -- not more, not less. One thing I did notice is that we had a lot more night hunting cases,” said Adam Mirus, fish and wildlife officer for the Olds and Sundre district.
It was a busy season with many charges laid and three check stops. One was set up south on Highway 22, one in Caroline and one on Highway 11 and Highway 22.
Officials are seeking tips from the public on a poaching case where a buck mule deer was shot and left to rot north of Water Valley on the Big Prairie Road, near Rge. Rd. 5.1 on Nov. 29.
“It’s quite a waste when you consider a deer can feed a family for a few months,” he said
Officials are also seeking tips on a case where a buck mule deer was shot one mile north of Highway 582 on Rge. Rd. 766 on Nov. 27. The head had been removed from the body.
“It was shot and left out in the field and the following day someone came and cut the head off,” he said.
“You get people that are trophy hunters and they look at the size of an animal’s rack as small as small and large as better. So because this animal had a big rack on it they decided to poach it.
“A normal person hunting this obviously would take the meat and everything else whereas this person poached this and just took the head.”
He is asking for anyone with any information regarding either incident to call Report a Poacher at 1-800-642-3800. Callers may remain anonymous and could be rewarded with up to $2,000.
Poachers interfere with population management, he said. More....