A grisly discovery was made at the Milk River Ridge Reservoir south of Lethbridge, Alberta this week: 150 coyote carcasses, skinned and left in piles on Crown land.
The Lethbridge Herald today reported that Fish and Wildlife officials received a complaint and investigated the site, finding the coyote carcasses, as well as one moose carcass. The coyotes had all either been shot or snared, and their furs and skins removed.
“Our concern is that large number,” Fish and Wildlife Inspector Jim Mitchell told the Herald. “First we want to determine the legality of the killing of these coyotes, whether it was legal or not. The second is the illegal dumping in close proximity to the reservoir is unacceptable.”
Whether these coyotes were killed for their furs, as a misguided attempt at population management, or for sport, it is a disturbing fact that one person or a group of persons would find this in any way acceptable.
The Fur-Bearers will continue to monitor this story and bring updates as they become available.