|Banff Park Wardens Joe Owchar and Terry Willis seized a deer head on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 from a man driving around Banff with the body part on the roof of his van. The man, travelling from Ontario, picked up the road kill in Saskatchewan, but had no provincial tags to possess or transport wildlife. (LARISSA BARLOW/ QMI AGENCY)
BANFF, Alta. - Please don’t feed the animals. And please don’t remove their heads and drive around with them on your vehicle.
It’s a message park wardens here had to remind one Ontario man Friday, who was pulled over after driving around town with a deer’s head strapped to his roof.
Warden Joe Owchar said he and another officer pulled the van over just before 11 a.m. after receiving numerous calls from concerned witnesses.
“It was just a guy from Ontario travelling cross country, and in Saskatchewan yesterday he just came across pretty fresh road kill and removed the head and continued westbound to Banff,” Owchar said.
He said the man was found not to have any provincial tags to possess or transport wildlife, so the head was seized and disposed of.
And it won’t cost him and arm and a leg, as he won’t face charges or fines.
“We just informed him about the provincial regulations to get the proper permits,” Owchar said. “Even in the national park with our regulations he was in unlawful possession of wildlife.”
While animal carcasses on vehicles can be a common sight in the area this time of year, because it’s hunting season, hunters travelling through the park need to ensure they have the proper documents to transport wildlife, because carcass sightings are often reported to wardens.