An image posted on June 18, 2019 of a swan apparently being shot at with a firework or flare at Crystal Lake in Grande Prairie, Alta.
Photo courtesy of Steve Kennedy’s Facebook
Authorities are asking the public for information as the investigation continues into the Facebook video showing a man harassing a trumpeter swan.Posted earlier last week, the video depicts a man yelling at a trumpeter swan and firing what appeared to be either a flare or a firework at the bird, which was floating on Crystal Lake in Grande Prairie.Alberta Fish and Wildlife and the Grande Prairie RCMP are both investigating the incident. The video has since been taken down.“We take reports of illegal activity very seriously and are asking any individuals who personally witnessed this incident to call Grande Prairie Fish and Wildlife office,” said Jason Maloney with the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General.The trumpeter swan is classified as a “species of special concern” and is also the official symbol for the City of Grande Prairie—nicknamed the Swan City.“As a non-game wildlife species, the trumpeter swan is protected by the provincial Wildlife Act and it is illegal to kill or harass individuals or disturb their nests at any time of the year,” Maloney said.Harassing migratory birds is illegal under both the provincial Wildlife Act and the federal Migratory Game Birds Act. For adults, this offence can result in a fine, jail time or both.Those with information can call the Grande Prairie Fish and Wildlife office during regular business hours at 780-538-5265 or the Report a Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800 at any time.