Thursday, April 24, 2014

Albertans asked to help catch grizzly poachers in Blairmore and Pincher Creek

Poached grizzly in Pincher Creek area
Brendan Cox, Public Affairs Officer, Justice and Solicitor General

There are few sights more majestic 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 Blairmore and Pincher Creek, and investigators are asking the public for information to help bring these poachers to justice.

Incident #1: Blairmore District

Poached grizzly in Blairmore
In early May of 2013, Fish and Wildlife Officers received information from campers visiting the Livingstone falls area in the Crowsnest Forest Reserve about the poaching of a male grizzly. Officers believe the persons responsible for the crime may have been licenced black bear hunters. The bear was shot and left to waste just off the Forestry trunk road near Isolation Creek.

Incident #2: Pincher Creek District

In early May of 2013, Fish and Wildlife Officers received information from a concerned citizen stating that a whole carcass of a grizzly bear was discovered along a hillside in Pincher Creek Canyon. Possible suspects may be hunters who have frequented that area for several years and are known to hunt on horseback in the area.

Anyone with information that might help solve these cases is asked to call the Blairmore Fish and Wildlife District office at (403) 562-3289, 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, or other details 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 valued by both Albertans and visitors. They are part of our provincial identity, and we need to ensure they are here for future generations to enjoy. Any tips you have will help protect the province’s world-class fish and wildlife resources.


  1. Anonymous27/4/14

    More Grizzlies are killed by trains in the Rockies than poachers kill in a decade and non one is talking about that. As far I am concerned a legal hunt should be opened on them, good riddance...

  2. Really? Good riddance? Wow.


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