Over 100 breasted waterfowl illegally dumped near Swift Current, Sask.
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Ministry of Atmosphere conservation officers are trying right into a case involving the unlawful dumping of ducks and snow geese in southwest Saskatchewan final week.
A tip was obtained on Oct. 15 about waterfowl carcasses underneath a blue bridge on Vary Rd. 3132 close to Swift Present. An advisory mentioned the suspect automobile had at the least three occupants in it, every sporting camouflage shirts.
“(Officers) discovered 107 chicken carcasses that have been reported illegally dumped … the breasts had been taken from the birds,” inspector Braden Cherney mentioned.
“Carcasses … can appeal to predators to the realm and trigger questions of safety in the event that they’re dumped in and round residences. Plus they’re unpleasant and with decay they’ll, after all, create an odour and trigger issues sooner or later for those who need to use that space.”
Cherney mentioned this isn’t a uncommon prevalence in his expertise with the conservation officer service.
“This is able to have been a hunting-related scenario … (and) this could be a widespread situation. We see people dumping birds on personal property or roadways or street allowances and all of it’s illegal. It’s mainly litter,” he mentioned.
“You may solely assume that it’s to keep away from charges on the dump or on the landfill or simply comfort of simply throwing it on the aspect of the street and driving away.
“They’re considering they’re going to feed coyotes or they’re going to feed animals that will usually eat or scavenge on these birds however whenever you get into this massive quantity, it turns into an actual situation.”
Based on Cherney, the nice for illegally dumping the carcasses would fall underneath the Environmental Administration and Safety Act.
“Principally it might be deserted waste or refuse in a spot that you just don’t have permission to. So that you’re taking a look at a $580 nice,” he mentioned.
“Plus, if there’s a price to the cleanup, we may apply a courtroom look to the cost and have the courtroom order the price of the cleanup be hooked up to the person receiving the nice or the cost.
“Under no circumstances are these birds endangered. They’re a huntable species. They’re regulated underneath the Migratory Chook Act and likewise our wildlife rules.”
The general public is being requested for assist in finding a black four-door pickup truck — presumably a Dodge — with black rims, a heavy-duty aftermarket entrance bumper, a winch or LED mild in the course of the bumper and a canine kennel within the field. Officers mentioned it was final seen turning towards Swift Present.
One of many truck occupants was described as having lengthy hair and sporting a ball cap, based on the advisory.
Anybody with data is requested to contact their native conservation officer or the Saskatchewan Flip In Poachers & Polluters line at 1-800-667-7561.
Swift Present is roughly 230 km west of Regina.
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