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Alleged poaching claims black bear
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
The first alleged poaching incident of the year has left a black bear dead and Fish & Wildlife officers looking for answers.
John Clarke, Fish & Wildlife Officer, says a black bear was shot and left to rot near Frank in early June and says the department is hoping the public can help solve the case.
On June 6, a citizen reported the incident to authorities.
The carcass was found along the pipeline near the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre. After shooting the bear, the alleged poacher dragged it behind a tree, says Clarke.
Fish & Wildlife officers had been monitoring the bear’s movements. The animal had an identification tag placed on its ear.
“We allow resident bears in the area but at the same time my volunteers are monitoring them to make sure they don’t come into the town site.”
“He had been one of the good bears,” added Clarke.
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Black bear hunting season ended May 31, and the hide had not been taken, which is illegal, said Clarke.
Anyone with information is urged to call 1-800-642-3800.

Bear awareness sessions
On June 29, Fish & Wildlife will be holding a bear awareness session for the citizens of the Crowsnest Pass at 1 p.m.
Fish & Wildlife Officers are putting on the event in conjunction with the Fish & Wildlife Bear Smart Volunteers. The session will cover bear awareness, identification and the proper use of bear spray.
The meeting place will be the road to the baseball diamonds past the Hillcrest cemetery. There is only room for 20 people, so it’s first come first served, says Clarke.
Call (403) 562-3234 to reserve a spot.
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