Fish and wildlife officers work hand-in-hand with the public to protect Alberta’s wild animals
There are few more majestic sights in the province than a grizzly bear in its natural habitat. However, some poachers choose to target these magnificent creatures, and Alberta’s hard-working fish and wildlife officers need your help to catch them.
Officers regularly conduct patrols in known grizzly habitat to deter would-be poachers, but they can’t be everywhere at once in Alberta’s 661,848 km².
Currently, investigations into two grizzly deaths are ongoing in Grande Prairie and investigators are asking the public for information to help bring these poachers to justice.
Incident #1: Grizzly Bear Shot and Left
On June 7, 2013, Alberta fish and wildlife officers learned that a male grizzly bear had been shot and its carcass abandoned southwest of the city of Grande Prairie. Officers believe the person(s) responsible for this crime tried to remove evidence from the area.
Incident #2: Grizzly Bear Shot and Left
On October 9, 2013, officers learned that a sow grizzly had been shot and left along an isolated industrial road in the Kakwa area southwest of Grande Prairie. The person(s) responsible for the death may have shot the bear while it was feeding along the road. Officers believe the sow was mothering two cubs, but at this time, their whereabouts are unknown.
Report a poacher
Anyone with information that might help solve these cases is asked to call the Grande Prairie fish and wildlife district office at (780) 538-5265, or the 24-hour Report a Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800, which is toll-free across North America. Any information, photos, social media comments, etc. that might connect individuals to these crimes could help regardless of how insignificant it might seem. Callers providing information that leads to charges may qualify for a reward. Personal information is kept strictly confidential, and those who wish to remain anonymous can still qualify for a reward.
Grizzly bears symbolize the beautiful countryside Albertans and visitors value. They are part of our provincial identity, and we need to ensure they are here for future generations to enjoy. All Albertans can play a role in protecting the province’s world-class fish and wildlife resources.