|Bull and Cutthroat Trout seized from poachers|
The Oldman watershed faces significant pressures from a variety of factors. Poaching, off-highway vehicle abuse, erosion and natural resource extraction have all played a role in the new unfortunate reality for the Oldman.
I addressed the grim reality our native trout species face in one of my previous blogs: A Load of Bull
There are a large group of stakeholders that have a keen interest in this region. Anglers have an opportunity to take a stand and place a higher emphasis on a sustainable resource that we all responsibly enjoy for decades to follow.
|The Beautiful Oldman River|
The court proceedings against the poachers is an opportunity for anglers to come together. On September 29, 2015 anglers will be gathering at the Provincial Court in Pincher Creek to respectfully observe the proceedings. If you would like to attend this gathering, please sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oldman-river-poaching-case-tickets-18621116260
It is important that we anglers play a respectful role and show that we take these types of issues seriously. We won't truly appreciate what we have until it is taken from us.