Take Down Tales by BC Conservation Officer Sgt. Drew Milne
A few weeks back the Invermere Conservation Officer Service received several different complaints related to chickens being killed and fed upon in a rural residential enclave. The complaints came into the COS RAPP line call centre and further investigation found that several homes in and around the same area had chickens killed. Conservation Officers attended the locations and determined the perpetrator was a bobcat. Conservation Officers set a live trap at one of the residences and were able to capture the animal. The bobcat was a healthy adult and was deemed as a good candidate for relocation.
Conservation Officers assess each occurrence and animal’s health carefully to determine the likelihood of the animal reoffending and/or surviving if relocated. The bobcat was healthy, didn’t have any injuries and would likely survive being transported out of it home range. This is not always the case; Conservation Officers, with the help of biologists and veterinarians, weigh the animal’s likelihood of survival upon relocation. Relocation is not the always the most humane option for the animal as there are many mitigating factors that could affect its survival rate; all of which are weighed.
Conservation Officers are asking the public to keep a watchful eye on their pets and livestock and to report human-wildlife conflict occurrences to our RAPP line: 1-877-952-7277 (#7277 on your cell).