Tips from the public help Fish and Wildlife officers nab grizzly poachers


Public tips helped Fish and Wildlife officers to charge three people as part of an investigation into abandoned grizzly bear remains.

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Fish and Wildlife officers located the grizzly remains near Stony Plain in October 2011. To help with the investigation, Albertans were asked for their help on the case. Shortly afterwards, a witness came forward and provided some leads. The information from the witness led to the charges and helped build a successful case.

“I want to thank the witness for coming forward and making these arrests possible,“ said Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General. “Poaching is a serious crime in Alberta and convictions like these send a strong message that this government is serious about safeguarding our province’s fish and wildlife resources.”

On December 18, 2012, Sharon Siracusa pled guilty to hunting during a closed season and unlawful possession of a grizzly bear, and Robert Mobley pled guilty to unlawfully possessing a grizzly bear. Mobley received $4,000 in fines and a three-year hunting license suspension, while Siracusa received $15,000 in fines and a six-year hunting license suspension. Barry Fletcher was also fined $11,500 and suspended from hunting for three years. He pled guilty on July 31, 2012, to unlawful possession of a grizzly bear and abandonment or wastage of a grizzly bear. All three individuals appeared in Stony Plain Provincial Court.

Anyone with information that would help solve any fish or wildlife crime in Alberta is asked to contact a local Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement office or call the 24-hour, toll-free Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800. Anyone who provides information can remain anonymous and could qualify for a reward, and you can get more information at  www.reportapoacher.com.

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