Fish and Wildlife look for clues in moose car­cass found near Rum­sey

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

Lo­cal Al­berta Fish and Wildlife are hop­ing for some tips to iden­tify the per­son(s) re­spon­si­ble for a leav­ing a bull moose to die in the Rum­sey Natural area.

Dis­trict Fish and Wildlife Of­fi­cer Jeff Zim­mer tells The Mail, that Fish and Wildlife’s en­force­ment branch re­ceived a tip on Novem­ber 12 via its Re­port a Poacher line that a bull moose ap­peared to have been shot and left. It was spot­ted in the area, lo­cally known as the Rum­sey Graz­ing Lease, north of High­way 9 and east of High­way 56, in Wildlife Man­age­ment Unit 166.

“It laid out here for quite a while. I re­ceived a cou­ple calls on it,” said Zim­mer. “When I went up to look, I man­aged to ex­tract a bul­let, but other than that, I don’t have any other in­for­ma­tion that would point me to a sus­pect.”

He also has no ex­pla­na­tion as to why the an­i­mal was left.

“It ap­pears that who­ever shot it, just left it,” he said, ex­plain­ing that the Rum­sey Graz­ing lease is vast, and there are times that when an an­i­mal is shot, they could run away and be hard to find. This was not the case. The an­i­mal was in a very ac­ces­si­ble place.

“This was a clear case of a re­ally good shot in the chest. It walked about 20 yards from the trail and died next to the tree line. The hun­ters (that re­ported it) could see it from the trail. My thought is, maybe the hunter in this case, had a cow tag, and be­cause of the brush couldn’t see the antlers, and that is why he left it.”

No part of the an­i­mal was re­moved, and the an­i­mal ap­peared to be in­tact.

“This year I have been get­ting more calls about this sort of stuff,” he said. “This year it ap­pears there is more ac­tiv­ity out there, be it legal or il­le­gal. I don’t know if it has some­thing to do with the econ­omy or what. I have heard that from other game war­dens, that when the price of oil goes down, there is a spike in the amount of vi­o­la­tors.”

“We have some more out there that have been shot and left, these are both moose and deer. These are still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.” Fish and Wildlife En­force­ment Branch is look­ing for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing this in­ci­dent or any other in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a fish or wildlife crime that might lead to pos­si­ble sus­pect(s). Call­ers can re­main anony­mous by call­ing the Re­port a Poacher line at 1-800-6423800, a cash re­ward is of­fered for all in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to charges.

When I went up to look, I man­aged to ex­tract a bul­let, but other than that, I don’t have any other in­for­ma­tion that would point me to a sus­pect.” Jeff Zim­mer Dis­trict Fish and Wildlife of­fi­cer

Fish and Wildlife of­fi­cers are look­ing for in­for­ma­tion on a moose car­cass dis­cov­ered shot in the Rum­sey Graz­ing re­serve. sub­mit­ted

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