Two bi­son shot, killed in Elk is­land Na­tional Park

Metro Canada (Winnipeg) - - METRO NEWS -

Two bi­son have been shot and killed in a na­tional park east of Ed­mon­ton.

Parks Canada says it hap­pened near the north en­trance of Elk Is­land Na­tional Park over the week­end of Oct. 17-18.

One of the an­i­mals was dragged along High­way 16, which bi­sects the park, to a field ap­prox­i­mately 800 me­tres north of the park where some of its meat was cut off.

A white Dodge pickup truck with ex­tra grill lights and a rooftop light bar was seen in the area and may have been in­volved.

It’s il­le­gal to hunt, ha­rass, poach or in­jure any an­i­mal in a na­tional park.

The fine for poach­ing bi­son start at $4,500 to a max­i­mum of $750,000 and/or im­pris­on­ment of up to five years.

Pat Dunn, an ex­ter­nal re­la­tions man­ager with Parks Canada, says the killings are “sense­less.”

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