Probe ends into Manitoba Mountie’s hunting accident; officer refused interview


WINNIPEG —Manitoba’s police watchdog says an investigation into an off-duty Mountie who reportedly shot himself in the foot while goose hunting has ended because of a lack of information.

The Independent Investigations Unit’s report into the Sept. 7 shooting notes that RCMP didn’t report it for nearly three months, which made collection of evidence from the scene near Grunthal, south of Winnipeg, difficult.

The unit’s civilian director, Zane Tessler, says initial information indicated the officer had surgery and may have had a toe or toes amputated, but he exercised his right to refuse to be interviewed by investigators.

The officer also wouldn’t consent to the release of his medical records.

The report says officers saw the Mountie being treated by ambulance staff and he had a bandage on his big toe, but they didn’t take adequate notes at the time.

The officers also didn’t record the name of a potential witness and decided no further action was necessary.

No gun wasn’t seized and officers recorded no information about the weapon, other than that it appeared to be a shotgun.

The report says investigators were not able to determine the nature or extent of the officer’s injuries. And because so little could be determined, the file was closed.

“For all intents, this investigation ended almost as soon as it began. If not for the diligence of senior RCMP management, who discovered the oversight of the delayed notification and took immediate steps to rectify the matter, IIU would never have known,” Tessler wrote.

“We anticipate that senior RCMP management will deal with the issues identified in this report that effectively rendered this investigation null.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 11, 2020.


Reward for info on shooting of pelicans along Montana river

Montana wildlife officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information in the shooting of possibly dozens of pelicans along the Bighorn River. Photo: NBC Montana

Montana wildlife officials are offering a $1,000 reward for information in the shooting of possibly dozens of pelicans along the Bighorn River.

State game wardens have reported retrieving about a dozen dead pelicans along a stretch of the river downstream of Yellowtail Dam. The river in that area is popular among fly fishers.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman Robert Gibson says the birds are being killed with a shotgun.

Officials believe dozens more may have been shot and killed this summer in the same area. Gibson says that estimate is based on dead birds seen but not retrieved by wardens and reports they’ve received.

Pelicans are a protected under federal law as migratory birds.

The reward is offered for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible. Call 1-800-TIP-MONT.

Hunter taken to hospital after being shot with several pellets

36-year-old Shawn Hunt of New Hampshire was hit in the head with several pellets from a shotgun when a rabbit was spotted.
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SOMERSET COUNTY(WABI) – Game wardens say a rabbit hunter was shot Tuesday morning in Pleasant Ridge Plantation.

Authorities say 36-year-old Shawn Hunt of New Hampshire was hit in the head with several pellets from a shotgun.

We’re told Hunt was on a guided hunt with two people when a rabbit was spotted.

Officials say Hunt instructed one of the other hunters to shoot the rabbit, and Hunt was hit by several pellets.

Hunt was taken to the hospital in Skowhegan to be evaluated.

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Fisherman dies from gun shot wound after getting caught in a bear trap

By The Siberian Times reporter
12 September 2017

47 year old man killed after investigating a barrel which was a lethal makeshift trap with firearm attached.

A makeshift trap with a gun attached

The fisherman and a friend had stopped their car 80 kilometres from their village of Magistralny in Irkutsk region.

One of the friends walked into the forest and evidently checked out a makeshift trap with a gun attached.

He looked inside the barrel where there was bait for bears, and disturbed the trap sufficiently for the gun to shoot. He died on the spot, according to the Russian Investigative Committee.

His friend heard the shot and rushed to find the man.

The man loaded his friends body into the boot of his  VAZ-2121 car and drove back to the village which is 470 kilometres northeast of the village.

Fisherman dies from gun shot wound after getting caught in a bear trap

Fisherman dies from gun shot wound after getting caught in a bear trap

The probe continues to find the owner of the gun, and builder of the trap

Pictures of the trap with the man’s blood were released by police. Investigators say neither man owned the gun which shot the man.

The probe continues to find the owner of the gun, and builder of the trap.

The area is known to be full of wild bears.

Old ammunition found in bears

Two polar bears killed last summer were both shot with a shotgun earlier.

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Old ammunition was discovered in a two-year-old bear killed by a Russian researcher at Forelandet. The researcher was fined 15,000 kroner. FOTO: The Governor of Svalbard, Facsimile: Svalbardposten

A female polar bear was shot last June at Austfjordnes. An autopsy revealed shotgun ammunition in her body. Two months later another female bear was shot by Russian researchers at Forlandet. It also had been hit by such ammunition.

“There was ammunition that was encapsulated in the fat and the meat of the bears,” said Knut Fossum, environmental director for The Governor of Svalbard. “It was obvious that this had not happened when they were killed. Our interpretation of it is both of the bears were previously shot with pellets.”

Fossum said he believes it was done to scare the bears.

“We take a serious view of the findings and remind people that it is associated with criminal liability to harm polar bears,” he said.

Many shotgun pellets
The governor did not receive any reports of shotguns being used against polar bears despite a requirement people do so.

“Whether it’s customary or some perception that pellets are good for intimidation, it’s not right,” Fossum said. “It’s not a legal intimidation method or something we in any way accept.”

He said he does not know specifically how much ammunition was in the bears.

“But there were obviously many shotgun pellets in both,” he said.

Shotguns are short-range weapons and pellets spread out widely. Pellets were found in several places in both bears.

“Based on the amount of pellets they can’t have been shot at a very long range,” Fossum said.

Inflammation found
Fossum said he isn’t aware of any previous incidents where polar bears were found with shotgun ammunition in them.

Is he concerned there may be more bears that have been hit?

“It’s only speculation, but when we have two cases in a short period of time there is reason to remind people that this is neither lawful nor desirable to scare bears with pellets,” he said.

Pellets were found in connections between skin and muscle tissue in both bears.

“In several places inflammation was found around where the pellets had entered,” Fossum said.

Were the bears in pain?

“It is hard to say,” Fossum said. “It is also difficult to say whether the behavior of the bears was characterized by the fact that they were previously shot. But it is clear that the chance of inflicting serious injuries upon the bears with shotgun ammunition is quite large. That can go beyond the survival of the bear and affect the safety of others who encounter it.”

Pain and irritation

Torill Mørk, a veterinarian at the Veterinary Institute in Tromsø, was not present when the autopsy on the bears occurred. But speaking generally, she said she does not believe the shotgun pellets in the bears greatly affected them since they only went through the skin.

“But there will be pain and irritation,” she said. “It will probably hurt for a while, but how bad I cannot answer.”

If the pellets penetrated deeper, or hit an eye or joint, they might do more harm.

“Usually there will probably not be that much damage to such a big and powerful animal, but it depends on how they are hit,” Mørk said. “We had a case here with a reindeer that was killed with an air rifle. There the bullet had entered between two ribs and into the chest cavity.”

The veterinarian said the ammunition was in the bears for a long time, but can’t offer a specific duration.

“It could be anything from weeks to months,” she said.

How to intimidate bears

The governor recommends using a signal pistol to scare bears and a rifle for protection in life-threatening situations.

“A rifle is considered the most effective and safe instrument for self-defense against bears,” Fossum said.

Bird hunting trip goes wrong when one accidentally killed


IPOH: A bird hunting trip had gone awry for four hunters in Gerik when one of them shot and killed 24-year-old Mohamad Haniff Mat Zabidi after mistaking him for a deer.

The incident happened at a spot in the forest near the Bintang Hijau rest area along Jalan Kupang, Gerik last Sunday (Feb 18), but Mohamad Haniff’s body was discovered on Thursday (Feb 22) afternoon.

Perak Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Asst Comm Yahya Abd Rahman said the deceased had gone hunting with his three friends using homemade shotguns.

“During the hunt, the four decided to split up. One of them fired a shot thinking it was a deer and killed Mohamad Haniff on the spot,” he said.

SAC Yahya said a special team from the Criminal Investigation Department was set up to investigate the case.

He added that they picked up the three suspects – two in their 20s and a 65-year-old man – at 9.30am on Friday (Feb 23) and said that the 65-year-old man has a firearms licence.

Earlier, Gerik OCPD Supt Ismail Che Isa said the body was discovered lying on its back.

“His family members said they last saw him on Sunday when he told them he was going hunting,” he said, adding that the body had been sent to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here for a post-mortem.

The three hunters have been remanded for five days until Feb 27 to assist in investigations under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

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Posted: Nov 27, 2017 2:09 PM PSTUpdated: Nov 27, 2017 2:12 PM PST

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ST. LOUIS ( — A 9-year-old boy was shot in an apparent accident as he and his father were hunting in Franklin County Sunday morning.

Police said the shooting happened in the 1000 block of Sauer Ford Road, near Berger, Missouri. The boy was found in a wooded area on a large farm with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. The injury is not life-threatening.

Police believe the child was in a tree stand when he attempted to hand a 20-gauge shotgun to a family friend. While handing the gun down from the tree stand, the butt-end of the firearm struck a rung on the ladder, causing the gun to discharge, striking the boy.

The child was transported to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Roadblocks to Raise Funds for Victims of Hunting

An Alabama paper, the Gadsden Times, reported the other day that a goose hunter was critically wounded by friendly fire. Apparently the victim and his buddy were both carrying loaded shotguns when his buddy slipped and hit him point blank in the side. 

They followed that article up with news that there would be a roadblock set up to collect donations to help offset the victim’s hospital costs.

My first reaction mirrored that of a Facebook friend who succinctly commented, “Un-fucking-believable.” The nerve of stopping everyone on the highway to ask that they fund a hunter’s recovery from a hunting accident! 

Then the thought came to me: two can play at that game.

I propose we set up road-blocks—everywhere there is hunting going on—to collect funds for the wildlife victims of hunting. Whenever a goose is winged by a shotgun blast, a deer is crippled by an arrow, a bear escapes on three legs from a shoulder wound or an animal is found struggling in a trap, hunters would have to pay for their rehabilitation and return to the wild. 

I guarantee if hunters had to put their money where their mouths are, it would cut down on the prolonged animal suffering inherent in the sport of hunting.




Great News for Elk: Hunting Nixed in Ecola Creek reserve

Photo  Jim Robertson

Photo Jim Robertson

By Nancy McCarthy
The Daily Astorian

CANNON BEACH — Hunting will no longer be allowed in the Ecola Creek Forest Reserve.

The Cannon Beach City Council decided Tuesday night to discontinue hunting on the north side of the city-owned 1,040-acre parcel in the Ecola Creek Watershed. The vote was 4-1, with councilors Mike Benefield, George Vetter and Melissa Cadwallader and Mayor Mike Morgan supporting a motion to ban hunting. Wendy Higgins, who said the council should fulfill its commitment to allow hunting for five years, opposed the motion.

Although the council had agreed in 2012 to allow bowhunting, and in 2013 to allow shotgun hunting in the reserve for five years, several councilors said they wanted to reconsider the decision. They pointed out that only five hunters – none of them Cannon Beach residents – had hunted in the area in the past two years.

“I did vote for the bond measure (providing $4 million for the Ecola reserve); I like to hike; I’m not a hunter, although I don’t have opposition to people who are hunters; and I definitely agree that hunting does not fit the definition of passive recreation,” said Councilor Mike Benefield.

Noting that a majority of those responding to a survey conducted when the reserve was initially proposed said they didn’t want hunting and wanted to allow only “passive recreation” in the area, Benefield called the idea of hunting “intimidating.” Benefield, who was appointed to the council to fill a vacancy several months ago, didn’t originally vote to allow hunting.

“I think the City Council made a mistake allowing hunting on the property, and I will vote to eliminate it,” Benefield said.

Morgan called it a “contentious issue” in the community.

“I think it’s barely worth the effort,” said Mayor Mike Morgan. “I think it’s time to end it.

“We’ve had only five hunters,” he added. “For all the angst and anxiety this has caused in this community, I don’t think it’s worth it.”

Those in the audience who supported hunting said they would have hunted in the reserve, but they weren’t able to acquire a tag from the Oregon Department and Fish and Wildlife, which issues tags on a lottery basis. However, the tags aren’t specifically for the Ecola Reserve but for all 800 square miles of the Saddle Mountain Unit, where hunting is allowed.

They also said the fee the city charged was a deterrent. The city charged $200 for a hunting permit during the first year and $50 last year.

“Why are you discussing this today when you agreed hunting would be allowed for five years?” asked Troy Laws, a hunter from Seaside. “It’s a matter of integrity.”

Despite hikers’ fears of potential harm when hunters are in the reserve, no problems have occurred so far, said Herman Bierdebeck, ODFW wildlife biologist. Bierdebeck said land where hunting has been allowed for generations – including the Ecola Forest Reserve before the city acquired it from the state Department of Forestry – is increasingly being removed from hunters’ access.

“You can continue this experiment,” he told the council. “There haven’t been any problems that we’re aware of, so why not let it continue?

Councilor Melissa Cadwallader, who opposed hunting in the reserve when the council originally approved it, noted that the reserve was a “very small piece of land” in the Saddle Mountain Unit. She pointed out that the city-approved management plan for the reserve provides for “adaptive management” that allows policy adjustments for the reserve’s management if changes occur.

“The surveys are not in favor of hunting, and the bond measure approving the creation of the reserve calls for passive recreation,” Cadwallader said. “I thought we had defined it.”

Although Councilor George Vetter suggested that the council consider adding a “sunset” clause allowing hunting for another year, no motion was made, and it wasn’t considered.

Duck Dynasty Gun Ads: Blowing A Duck’s Head Off Makes Phil Robertson Happy

Duck Dynasty Gun Ads: Blowing A Duck’s Head Off Makes Phil Robertson Happy

The Connecticut based weapons manufacturer Mossberg & Sons announced a partnership with the self-proclaimed “rednecks” Duck Dynasty last summer to sell a line of 12 DD themed weapons. The weapons are coated in camouflage and have the words “Faith. Family. Ducks.” displayed on them.

A series of ads featuring the Duck patriarch, Phil Robertson, aired right before Robertson made anti-LGBT and racist comments in a December GQ interview.

In one of the ads, two of the DD sons prepare to kill ducks as Father Phil recites the opening lines from the Constitution.

 “Those are rights that no government can take from you to live, be free and pursue happiness,” Robertson says in a voice-over. “You know what makes me happy, ladies and gentlemen? To blow a mallard drake’s head smooth off.”

In addition to the DD weapons that kill ducks dead, Mossberg’s website also advertises .22 caliber weapons that are “perfect for small game, plinking (and) target shooting – or cleaning cottonmouths out of your duck blind.”

Of course no Duck Dynasty weapon advertisement would be prudent without utilizing a biblical reference: “Where there is a design, there is a designer. We were designed to kill ducks.”

The DD themed weapon collection also includes military-style designs with large capacity magazines that hold at least 25 rounds that are too powerful for small game. The entire line consists of nine different shotguns, as well as two semiautomatic rifles and a semiautomatic pistol.

Mossberg says each gun will come with an American flag bandana.

After Papa Duck made his homophobic and racist comments in the GQ article, A&E announced the suspension of Robertson. Conservatives flipped out. Days later, Robertson was reinstated. …coughcoughpublicitystuntcoughcough….

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