Fish and wildlife officers are on the hunt for suspects after a grizzly bear was shot dead and left on a logging road west of Edmonton.
Carla Jones, a communications adviser with the ministry of justice and solicitor general, said officers received a public complaint of a “shot and left grizzly bear” off Swanson Road west of Edson around 10:30 a.m. last Saturday. The bear was shot with a high-powered rifle, said Jones. The shooting took place between the evening of Oct. 8 and the morning of Oct. 9.
The bear was a mother to two cubs who have been frequently seen in the area for the past couple of weeks.
The cubs, believed to be approximately two years old, will be left alone because they’re old enough to survive on their own, Jones said.
Grizzly bears are considered an endangered species in Alberta. Hunting them is illegal and those convicted could face fines up to $100,000 and two years jail under the province’s Wildlife Act.
Edson fish and wildlife officers are seeking the public’s health in finding those responsible for the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call the 24-hour Report-A-Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800 or submit an online report at alberta.ca/report-poacher.aspx.