Otter with a toothache and pink-necked cougar top most ‘unique’ calls for BC COS in 2021 – Agassiz Harrison Observer

No animal too small, no call too strange.

The British Columbia Conservation Officer Service receives approximately 30,000 calls each year on its RAPP line. This week, the service reflected on its most puzzling calls of 2021:

Deer with an unbalanced ear

A caller reported seeing a deer with a crooked ear crossing the street.

Cougar with a pink collar

A caller wasn’t sure, but told BC COS that two days ago there might have been a cougar in his yard drinking water from his pond. She mentioned he had a pink collar on when the call ended.

cat fight

A caller reported that his two indoor cats were screaming and panicking during the night. During this time, they also saw something jump against the bedroom window – which they believed to be a large cat.

Rustle in the bushes

A caller said he was walking home and heard a rustling in the bushes. He wasn’t sure what it was but said it wasn’t a cat, dog, raccoon or snake.

scary nap

A caller reported seeing a tan and white animal in his yard sleeping. While they were very concerned about why this animal had chosen its garden to rest, no address or other description of the animal was given.

Compensation Bear?

A caller was frustrated that a bear kept damaging his shelter to gain access to the trash stored inside. She wondered how she could be compensated for the damages.

Smoky situation

A caller’s roommate was burning charcoal and cardboard in a portable barbecue directly below his open bedroom window, which filled with smoke. The caller, who said he had health issues known to his roommate, wanted someone to tell his roommate not to burn so close to the house.

Bird feeders

A caller reported a black bear that came onto his property and entered a bird feeder in his yard, even knocking over a fence and post to gain access. Fortunately, the caller said he then moved the bird feeder to the porch.

otter orthodontics

A caller said an otter sat on a log and seemed irritated with its mouth.

porcupine nests

This caller indicated that he had two nests on his property of an unknown species and thought they might be porcupines, but was not entirely sure.

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2021 Year in ReviewConservation

Elizabeth J. Harless