Biologist says seabird deaths a sign N.L. hunting rules being broken
In this file photo, Murres cling to a rocky slope Saturday, July 8, 2006, at the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge. (AP/Ben Margot)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, March 22, 2016 2:02PM EDT
CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. - Dozens of shot seabirds were found tossed like garbage on a Newfoundland beach, prompting calls for a crackdown on the province's unique murres hunt.
Tom Humphries of Conception Bay South near St. John's says he was disgusted to find a black bag full of about 50 carcasses during a walk.
He notified biologist Bill Montevecchi, a seabird specialist at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Montevecchi says the traditional hunt for murres was a vital source of winter meat that was protected when the province joined Canada in 1949.
But he says the wasted birds are a sign that rules -- such as possession limits of 40 birds at a time -- are not being followed.
Hunters must have permits and follow seasonal rules overseen by Environment and Climate Change Canada.