Investigators from Alberta Fish and Wildlife are looking for witnesses after a male grizzly was found shot to death Monday.
Alberta Fish and Wildlife was notified by the fRI Research Grizzly Bear program after a mortality signal was transmitted from the bear’s collar. Investigators went to the bear’s last known location, and found him slumped over some branches along Pembina River Road, about 48 kilometres south of Hinton.
The 450-pound bear is believed to have been killed between 7:00 and 10:00 Monday evening.
Grizzly bears are considered a threatened species in Alberta, and it is illegal to hunt them. A maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of $100,000 and/or one year in jail.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Report a Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800. Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a monetary reward. (kb)