Alberta Fish and Wildlife Officers are investigating after a grizzly bear was found shot in the back near Whitecourt over the weekend.
Officers found the bear on the east bank of the McLeod River about 30 kilometres southwest of Whitecourt on October 20th.
The bear was alive but paralyzed, crawling on its front paws. The bear’s suffering resulted in Fish and Wildlife officers having to euthanize the animal.
Fish and Wildlife say they gathered evidence at the scene and interviewed people in the area, asking if they saw anything suspicious between October 17th and 20th.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Fish and Wildlife officials through the 24-7 Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.
Grizzlies are designated a threatened species in Alberta and are therefore protected under law. The maximum penalty for shooting a Grizzly is a fine of up to $100,000 and/or a 2-year jail term.