Eleven Hunted Migratory Birds Found Dead South of Fort McMurray

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Eleven Hunted Migratory Birds Found Dead South of Fort McMurray

Alberta Fish and Wildlife are looking for information after finding 11 dead migratory birds near Fort McMurray.

On Saturday, eight Canada geese, two mallards, and a blue-winged teal were found around 60 km south of town – near the JACOS Hangingstone Expansion.

All of the birds were wasted, with all their meat and parts intact.

District Fish and Wildlife Officer Tyler Murphy tells Fort McMurray News any animal that is hunted must have their meet harvested.

“They can’t leave anything behind that is suitable for consumption so in the case of migratory birds, they could take the breast meat, some people pluck them all down.”

Murphy notes all the birds were shot and believed to be dumped along Highway 63 sometime between Friday at 12:00 p.m. and Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

ImageEleven migratory birds found wasted south of Fort McMurray // Alberta Fish and Wildlife

Meanwhile, he says many hunters still need to learn all the rules associated with “the sport.”

“Things like the seasons open and close date, every species really has its own season dates, just things you can’t do,” added Murphy. “So, it’s just educating themselves before they go out into the field on what is and isn’t appropriate.”

Murphy adds if the individual or group is found – they could be charged for leaving the meat.

Anyone with information can contact Alberta Fish and Wildlife through their 24-hour Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.
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