Po­lice News

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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-

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