Two bison were shot and killed within Elk Island National Park and now officials are asking the public for help in identifying and finding one or more poachers.
Parks Canada said the bison were killed on October 17 near the north entrance of the park and that one of animals was dragged about 800 metres north to a field where only some of the meat was harvested.
Officials said a white Dodge pickup truck with extra grill lights and a lightbar mounted to the roof was spotted in the vicinity around the time of the incident and have asked that anyone who may have information to call Parks Canada wardens at 1-877-852-3100.
A collared grizzly bear was also shot and killed near Cadomin, approximately 50 kilometres southeast of Hinton, on November 6. The bear, which was being tracked by fRI Research, was travelling along Highway 40 near the north end of Teck Coals Mineral Surface Lease. Grizzly bears are a threatened species and poaching them carries a fine of up to $100,000 and/or up to 2 years in jail. Hinton Fish and Wildlife are asking anyone with information to call the District Office at 780-865-8264 or the 24-hour Report-A-Poacher line at 1-800-642-38000.