Dead Geese Shot and Abandoned North of Taber Prompts Poaching Investigation

Photos Courtesy of Wayne Valgardson

The discovery of nearly 100 dead geese north of Taber earlier this week has prompted an investigation by Alberta Fish and Wildlife.

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating a case of poaching after 90 dead geese were found north of Taber on Tuesday. The 85 Canada Geese and five Snow Geese had all been shot with meat taken from only 24 of the birds. The rest were untouched and all had either been partially or entirely covered up with snow when officers arrived on scene. Spokesperson for the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch, Brendan Cox, says hunting season for both species of birds is open right now, so it's not illegal to hunt them but it is an offence to abandon edible flesh of game species. Anyone with information is asked to call the Report-A-Poacher hotline at 1-800-642-3800 or submit information through the organization's website. Cox says you can remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward. -Tina Giesbrecht
Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Branch Spokesperson Brendan Cox

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