Help authorities find who poached this tagged grizzly bear.
Someone poached a tagged and collared grizzly bear in Alberta, and the people responsible could be facing a year of jail time as well as a $100,000 fine.
However, the authorities need the help of Alberta residents to catch the culprits. Alberta Fish and Wildlife posted photos of the poached grizzly to their Facebook page along with a plea for the public’s help in locating the person or persons responsible.
Grizzly bears are designated as a threatened species in Alberta. This particular 450-pound male grizzly was apparently shot on October 3 on Pembina River Road, south of Hinton sometime between 7 and 10 p.m. that evening.
The bear’s death was quickly discovered because the bear was outfitted with a radio collar. Researchers and Fish and Researchers at the fRi Research Grizzly Bear Program noticed the collar had begun transmitting a signal indicating the animal had died.
Alberta Fish and Wildlife went to the signal’s source and found the animal shot and left behind on the side of the road.
An unspecified reward is being offered for information within the case, but anyone with information can give tips at Alberta’s report-a-poacher hotline, 1-800-642-3800. Callers have the option to remain anonymous if they wish.