Report A Poacher | Crime at Elk Island National Park

by on November 15, 2015

Small herd of Plains bison grazing on nutrient-deficient vegetation at Elk Island National Park, wildlife environmental portrait, early spring.

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged and I’ll get back to photography in the next post, but please bear with me as I help spread some news about our treasured wildlife here in Alberta …. Hopefully you’ll take a moment to read this and perhaps even be able to help out or at least spread the word.

Disturbing news came out of Elk Island National Park these past few days. I’m going to let the articles tell the story, but to sum it up, two beautiful, innocent wild animals, Plains bison, were illegally poached – shot and killed for no purpose other than to commit a criminal act. The poacher(s) are still on the loose and officials at Parks Canada have asked for assistance from the public to catch these bastards.

Please read the articles from CBC or CTV or at least the news release from Parks Canada and contact them if you have any tips. When criminal acts are committed against animals, be it domestic, wild or exotic, it is up to us to be their strength and their voice and get justice for them.

If you have any information on this or ANY wildlife poaching crime, please contact Report A Poacher at 1-800-642-3800. Calls are confidential and can also be anonymous.

http://www.reportapoacher.com

You can also contact the Parks Canada wardens to offer any information regarding this poaching crime at 1-877-852-3100.

Whilst I’m at it, officials are also looking for assistance on the capture of those criminals responsible for the killing of a beautiful grizzly bear on November 6th, 2015 near the Gregg River.

Tips on reporting a poacher straight from the Report A Poacher website:

Be on the lookout. Share the message. Take a stand. Make the call.

Be prepared to give the fullest possible account of the incident. If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you may qualify for an award.

Checklist:

  • Date, time and location of offense
  • License plate number of vehicle
  • Vehicle description, including any identifying features, dents, stickers, etc.
  • Description of person(s) involved
  • Description of evidence at the scene, or evidence of the crime that the violators took with them
  • Details of the violation

If you’re interested in following the updates the hard working officers and team members specializing in investigations of wildlife crimes, you’ll definitely want to check out their blog (link below). I only wish there were more updates because it would mean more of these cowards are being caught, but I know the officers are working towards that very goal.

Resources to check out:

Report A Poacher

Alberta Justice & Solicitor General Blog / Fish & Wildlife

Fish & Wildlife Officers – Government of Alberta

Alberta Conservation Association (RAP partner)

Parks Canada

Parks Canada – Twitter 

Elk Island National Park – Twitter 

Need some more resources about wildlife? You can check out my blog posts on wildlife (older posts to be re-added soon) or contact me anytime!

Thanks for reading this! Along with our beautiful landscapes and wonderful natural world, wildlife are pretty much one of the greatest gifts we have here in this world and they need us to keep an eye out for them so we can continue to enjoy wildlife for generations to come.

Stay safe, enjoy the outdoors and think about the impact you can have on our wild world!

Photography stuff coming up soon … true story.

 

See you in the field!

 


Sidney

Photographer. Wildlife and nature conservation advocate. Health and safety pro. Edmonton Oilers lovah. Fond of all things Johnny Cash.

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