LastWednesday, over a dozen police officers with the Regie de police de Memphremagog carried out two searches in Magog looking for black market cigarettes. An apartment on Boulevard des Etudiants and a shed on Dollard Street were targeted and police found 126 cartons (24,000 cigarettes). Three people, two men and a woman, were questioned and may be fined. The searches were carried out
thanks to information from the public.
The police will soon be checking the tires on vehicles to make sure they are winter tires; from December 15th to March 15th, all vehicles in the province need to be equipped with them. Drivers who are caught driving without snow tires will receive a $200 fine plus that little extra fee that is always added to the fines. Drivers who use studded tires are reminded that they can be on vehicles only between October 15th and May 1st.
Vaccin” Hundreds of Snow Geese stopped in Coaticook for a few nights last weekend.
FollowingLac Massawippi’s avian invasion a couple weeks ago by a thousaand-strong flock of Snow Geese, more sightings of the Arctic bird have been reported in the area.
In Lennoxville, residents noticed a relatively small flock (numbering in the hundreds) foraging in the farmers fields east of Bishop’s University. Mixed with the Snow Geese, who are white with distinctive black tips on their wings, were also several Canada Geese, and possibly, Greater Whitefronted Geese.
Last weekend in Coaticook a huge flock approaching the thousand mark settled for two nights on the small Lac à Robert on the rte. 141 Sud in the direction of St-Herménégilde. They arrived at sunset on Saturday evening and took off from the lake at about 4 o’clock the following morning, spending most of Sunday foraging for food in the nearby fields.
Just before sunset on Sunday evening they invaded the little lake a second time, descending out of the sky all at once, and filling the lake to the point that there seemed to be more goose than water visible on the surface.
“As soon as they landed, and all night long, there was this sound like dozens of car alarms going off all at once,” said a homeowner whose house is a mere couple hundred metres from the lake. “It was impressive, and yet at the same time, a little annoying.”
Other residents along the 141 Sud said that the geese also made quite a racket as they foraged in the fields. “And seeing them all take off at once,” said one man, “it’s like a white tornado lifting from the field. This blizzard of wings and feathers!”
“[Their presence] is a sign of global warming,” said another Coaticook man who’s lived in town most of his life. Noting that as a boy he did not remember seeing either Snow Geese or Canada Geese migrating through Coaticook, he said that: “With the changing climate we see [the geese] coming more and more each year.”
Many experts believe the higher numbers of geese migrating through the area is also a sign of ballooning goose populations on the North American continent. At the beginning of the 20th century Snow Geese were in serious decline. But the population has since rebounded extremely well.
Nowadays there are so many Snow Geese that Arctic breeding grounds and saltmarsh wintering grounds in the US are becoming severely degrad-