I encountered two hikers who were loaded down with antlers which they had collected in Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park in K-Country. This photo was taken on the Wind Ridge trail. I told them it was illegal to remove antlers from the park, but they disagreed with me. Does anyone know for certain what the rules are?
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There was a twitter from CBC tonight about an antler bust in Alberta today
Thanks, Gord. I found a link to the story 500 antlers seized in wildlife trafficking bust
Also in the Edmonton Journal Antlers seized in trafficking bust -Bob
If not illegal common sense should tell them to leave them where they are to complete the cycle of nature…
Its a provincial park so therefore a protected area so they were commiting a crime.
The Government of Alberta website states this:
“In Alberta, naturally shed wildlife parts, such as antlers, can be kept or sold without a special permit, as long as they were found outside of a provincial or national park or other protected area. ”
This touches on provincial and national parks. A “WILDLAND” provincial park may be slightly different.
Thats quite a pile of antlers they collected! You should report them to a conservation officer along with their photo.
Probably not allowed, take a look at section 9.2 and 10.1 of the Provincial Parks Act: http://www.qp.alberta.ca/574.cfm?page=P35.cfm&leg_type=Acts&isbncln=9780779753840&display=html%29