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Bear compensation, spooky siestas, pink collars among wackiest B.C. Conservation office calls

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The B.C. Conservation Officer Service is out with its list of the most unique calls it received in 2021. Of the more than 30,000 tips that came in, there were certainly some peculiar inquires – Jan 3, 2022

B.C.’s Conservation Officers answer a diverse range of needs, ranging from tracking down wily coyotes that are stirring up trouble in urban areas to spotting invasive mussels and penalizing poachers in the backcountry.

Given the sheer number of interface areas across B.C., it’s no wonder they’re constantly being called into action. But according to a social media post made this week, some less pressing concerns also found a way to the poachers and polluters hotline in 2021.

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Deer with a Lopsided Ear

Caller states she saw a deer with a lopsided ear walking across the street.

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Cougar with a Pink Collar

Caller isn’t sure, but there may have been a cougar in her backyard two days ago drinking water from her pond. She mentioned it had a pink collar at the end of the call.

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Cat Fight

Caller advises that her two indoor cats were screaming and freaking out last night. The caller woke up to something jumping against the bedroom window. The caller thinks it was a large cat.

Rustling in the Bushes

Caller advises that he was walking home and heard rustling in the bushes. He is not sure what it was but says it was not a cat, dog, raccoon or snake.

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Spooky Siesta

Caller reports seeing a light brown and white animal in his backyard sleeping. The caller is very concerned why this animal chose his backyard to rest in (no address or further animal description was given).

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Bear Compensation

Caller is frustrated that a bear repeatedly keeps damaging her shed to get to the garbage stored inside. She is wondering how she can get compensated for the damage.

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Smoky Situation

Roommate was burning charcoal and cardboard in a portable barbecue directly under the caller’s open bedroom window, which filled with smoke. The caller has health issues and roommate knows this. Caller would like someone to tell his roommate not to burn so close to the house.

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Bird Feeders

Caller reports a black bear that came to his property and got into a bird feeder in his yard, even knocking over a fence and post to access it. The caller stated he then moved the bird feeder onto the porch.

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Otter Orthodontics

Caller states an otter is sitting on a log and appears to be irritated with its mouth.

Porcupine Nests

Caller advises he has two nests on his property from an unknown species. He thinks they could be porcupines but not entirely sure.

 

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