Poachers beware as a new District Fish and Wildlife Officer has just come to town. Game Warden Samantha Hillier has just been appointed to the Drumheller area and is excited to get to work.
"I have been a Game Warden for almost six years. I have worked all across the province. I started working in Sundre, I worked in Red Deer and also in Grand CacheDistrict before coming here to Drumheller. Most of my career has been working in the mountain district so this is quite the change in scenery. I am really happy to be here and excited to meet members of the community, and work together to protect natural resources here," she explained.
No day is the same in the life of a Fish and Wildlife Officer, and Hillier is looking forward to the many challenges that the Drumheller area will bring her.
"It depends where the calls take me. I guess in Drumheller in the summer time mainly focusing on the Red Deer River, people fishing that. It could be foot patrols, boat patrols, biking along the river and also dealing with some problem wildlife. We don't have to deal with bears and cougars and wolves so much," continued HIllier.
Hillier mentioned that the Drumheller Valley does see the odd bear or cougar that has gotten lost following the Red Deer River, but that is on very rare occasions. Her district covers south to Highway 9, west to Highway 2, Trochu and then east towards Hanna. It is a large district that has not had a Fish and Wildlife Officer in place for quite a while.
"I know that there is a lot of poaching going on in this area. I think people have forgotten that there are Game Wardens out there, mainly because there hasn't been one is so long," she concluded.
Hillier would also like to mention to the public that any suspicious activity regarding wildlife can be reported to the Report A Poacher Hotline 1-800-642-3800. There could be a reward of $2,000 for any valuable information.