Add two more to the ‘saved’ list of animals

Biweekly Conservation Officer report

Take Down Tales

By BC Conservation Officer

Sgt. Drew Milne

Conservation Officers have received a handful of complaints recently related to wildlife being tangled in wires, rope, string, decorations and fences. The calls came in to the Conservation Officer Service via our 24hr hotline (RAPP Line). The complainants provided detailed information about the location and type of animal. The quick action by our complainants allowed for Conservation Officers to respond in a timely fashion and help the distressed animals.

Most recently, we received and responded to a couple of different complaints with regards wildlife that was entangled.

Firstly we had a big horn sheep ewe that found herself entangled with chicken wire. The wire was wrapped around her horns hooves. Secondly a young mule deer buck had some rope tied around its antlers; the rope was then caught up in a stump. Both animals could not free themselves from the entanglements and were in distress.

Conservation Officers responded and elected to immobilize, remove the entanglement, assess the animal’s health, apply an ear tag and release them. We are happy to report that both are doing well. This was a best case scenario but unfortunately it is not always the case. Some animals may have to be put down; this is not an easy part of our job. Conservation Officers assess each animal carefully to determine the likelihood of survival. We do not want an animal to needlessly suffer. However, we are fully aware that wildlife can be resilient creatures so we try to give them the benefit of doubt.

Conservation Officers are asking the public to report human-wildlife conflict occurrences to our RAPP line: 1-877-952-7277 (#7277 on your cell).

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