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Up to 30 geese found dead in Pitt Meadows

Last Updated Mar 14, 2019 at 4:53 pm PDT

FILE: Canada Geese forage at Wascana Centre in Regina on Monday, April 6, 2015.(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell)
Summary

BC Conservation Officers say about 30 geese were found dead in Pitt Meadows 

Conservation officers are looking for whoever dumped the carcasses in a Pitt Meadows slough

Open season for geese was from Feb. 10 to Mar. 10 but officers say dumping the carcasses is illegal

PITT MEADOWS (NEWS 1130) – BC Conservation Officers are looking for whoever was responsible for dumping about 30 dead geese in a Pitt Meadows slough.

The carcasses were found on Thursday near the boat launch along Neaves Road at Pitt Lake.

Conservation Officer Marc Plamondon says people are actually allowed to shoot the birds during open hunting season, but dumping the carcasses is not allowed.

“There was just an open season for geese from February 10th to March 10th,” Marc Plamondon says. “Possession limit for geese is 30. You only need to remove the breast meat from the geese to consider it lawfully harvested.”

He says all of the carcasses found at the slough had had their breast meat removed, meaning the birds were likely harvested lawfully. However, he says dumping the dead birds is actually illegal and the person responsible could face a fine.

“We don’t have a suspect at this time, the charges we would be looking at would be the unlawful dumping,” Plamondon says. “People need to find another way to dispose of their carcasses when they do hunt.”

Police also got called to the area.

An investigation into the incident is currently underway. Plamondon says they will also make sure that the geese were killed during the open season and that the hunter had a proper license.

He says anyone with information should contact them at their hotline 1-877-952-7277.

-With files from Alison Bailey