Two men fined after 20 seagulls found dead in Spruce Grove

Two men have been fined $3000 and had their hunting licenses suspended for a year after 20 dead gulls were found on a property in Spruce Grove.

Two men have been fined and have had their hunting licenses revoked after 20 dead seagulls were found on a property in Spruce Grove last summer.

On June 28, 2019, an officer with Alberta Fish and Wildlife Enforcement responded to multiple complaints regarding a video posted on Facebook showing the mistreatment of a gull. They launched an investigation into the video and found the dead Franklin's Gulls on the property, before proceeding to make two arrests.

On September 18, Seth Wideman and Robert Plourde were found guilty under the Wildlife Act for hunting during closed season. Both have recieved fines of $3000, and their hunting licenses have been suspended for a year.

According to Fish and Wildlife, Franklin's Gulls are considered a non-game animal, and there is no hunting season for them.


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