Chilliwack (Josh Olund BCIT Radio A&E and Michael Hill) – Dead ducks were found dumped in a wildlife protection area and had duct tape around them as well as plastic ties around their necks. B.C. officials said the “illegally disposed of” duck carcasses were found at the Bert Brink Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on Cannor Road in Chilliwack
Michael Hill, who is a certified building material inspector, said he was horrified to have discovered the ducks last week while investigating an illegal dump of asbestos-containing Gyproc.It could have been someone using a net or something to trap the birds; or hunting ducks for fun,which is “just despicable” if that’s the case, Hill said.“This looks like an irresponsible act of cruelty towards animals,” Hill said.
It made Hill sick.
“The fact that this took place in a wildlife area,makes it even more of a crime against nature and a threat to our environment.
This is a hunt-free zone,”Hill said.The Bert Brink WMA provides hundreds of hectares of conservation habitat for red and blue-listed species, according to the provincial website,which includes Great Blue Heron,Peregrine Falcon, Bale Eagle, and marbled murrelet.“The open fields are partly flooded in the winter and attract foraging wigeon and Canada geese.The sloughs, wetlands and gravel bars provide important habitat for white sturgeon, Pacific salmon and steelhead.”
When Hill checked out the drywall site on April 19,he was overwhelmed by the smell of something decomposing. That’s when he looked around and found half a dozen murdered ducks.
B.C. officials say illegal dumping in the Bert Brink WMA has been a chronic problem.
The statement from the ministry noted that the B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) had installed trail cameras in the wildlife area, but they didn’t capture any of the incidents involving illegal dumping.