Nicole Bridges has gone to 27 music festivals at Craven but has never witnessed anything like she did on Sunday.
She said her campsite at the festival, now known as Country Thunder Saskatchewan, was next to the one where a seagull was allegedly trapped then killed on the final day of the festival.
“We heard a big tear and a ruckus going on and stood up and saw this kid on the ground with something in between his legs,” she said, describing the scene.
Bridges said there were 20 to 30 young people there, with another person joining the action while someone else recorded it.
“Another kid came over and stomped the seagull,” she said. “They caught it out of the air and then stomped it to death.”
Bridges said that’s when she called RCMP.
“I was disgusted,” she explained. “It’s their own fault that all the seagulls were swarming over their site because their site was a mess. There was cans and bottles and garbage everywhere. My site was right beside theirs and I had no problems with seagulls whatsoever because my site was clean.”
Bridges guessed the crew involved were all in their late teens or early twenties and were all “very inebriated.”
“They were screaming and cheering and when they figured out the cops were coming, a bunch of them bolted,” she explained Tuesday. “They know what they did was wrong after the fact.”
Two people – a man and a teenage boy – were charged under the Wildlife Regulation Act. Festival organizers also said the two were no longer welcome on site.
“I know people get out of hand and get crazy but I’ve never seen or had to deal with anything like that,” Bridges said, adding what she witnessed wouldn’t deter her from going to future festivals.