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#261 aastra

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Posted 21 November 2023 - 04:08 PM

No worries, everybody knows a cougar can't change its spots. (that is, can't change its spots again, after changing its spots from a juvenile to an adult)



#262 aastra

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Posted 21 November 2023 - 04:24 PM

Let's cut this Burnside cougar some slack. You only live once. Or, in the cougar's case, you only live once but you do it nine times.



#263 max.bravo

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Posted 21 November 2023 - 04:32 PM

I’m just glad this isn’t happening during a heat wave, otherwise we’d have a puma pants situation.

Or can felines sweat?

#264 Mike K.

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Posted 21 November 2023 - 05:35 PM

VicPD dispatched the cougar:

A difficult decision to dispatch a cougar was made this afternoon after it was located for the second time today in the busy Selkirk Waterfront area.

Just before 4 p.m. today, officers responded to an additional report of a full-grown cougar in the middle of a park in the 300-block of Waterfront Crescent. The cougar was initially seen just before 5 a.m. this morning in the same area.

Given the close proximity to a school and preschool during care hours, the amount of people and residences in the area, and the amount of time it would take for Conservation officers to arrive, the risk to public safety was determined to be high and a decision was made to dispatch the cougar.

Situations where police are required to dispatch an animal are extremely rare. We understand that people may feel strongly about this animal and its well-being, and we can assure you that this decision was not made lightly; this was a difficult decision for the officers involved. However, the safety and security of the community is our priority.

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#265 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 21 November 2023 - 05:59 PM

Dispatched.   :rtfm:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May, 2023:

 

 

 

Six cougars killed in Greater Victoria by conservation officers after livestock deaths

 

Conservation officers said they have had a large number of calls about cougars attacking livestock

 

https://www.vancouve...vestock-deaths/


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 21 November 2023 - 06:01 PM.


#266 Mike K.

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Posted 21 November 2023 - 06:16 PM

Meanwhile in Salmon Arm this morning:

Bear Attack | The Conservation Officer Service is investigating after a woman was injured in a bear attack in Salmon Arm this morning.

At approx. 11 a.m., a woman was running along a trail in southwest Salmon Arm, near 50 Ave. SW, when a black bear knocked her down. The bear then bit and shook her before disengaging and leaving the area. The woman is being treated in hospital for minor injuries.

Conservation Officers, RCMP and BC EHS responded to the attack.
Conservation Officers remained at the attack site for several hours but no bear was seen in the vicinity. Signage has been installed in the area and officers have canvassed nearby residences.

The COS will provide updates as the investigation continues.
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Posted 21 November 2023 - 07:30 PM

I hope they didn’t dispatch any first responders.
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#268 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 06:04 AM

Victoria police shoot cougar on Selkirk Waterfront

https://www.timescol...ge-area-7862169






Wreckless reporting. Nowhere in the police realesse did they say they shot the cougar.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 22 November 2023 - 06:04 AM.


#269 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 06:18 AM

A cougar that was seen wandering a Victoria neighbourhood has been shot and killed by Victoria police officers.

Video sent to CHEK News shows police surveying an area, then a loud gunshot can be heard.

Further video then shows officers carrying the cat out from where it was hiding.

https://www.cheknews...called-1178291/




How do we know that wasn’t a firecracker or a dispatch mortar?

How do we know it wasn’t suicide?

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 22 November 2023 - 06:19 AM.


#270 dasmo

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Posted 22 November 2023 - 06:47 AM

It was PAID, police assistance in death….
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Posted 30 November 2023 - 12:15 AM

BC SPCA has ‘no legal authority’ to help catch wolf-dog loose in Coombs

https://www.cheknews...coombs-1179709/

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 30 November 2023 - 12:15 AM.


#272 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 30 November 2023 - 12:33 AM

Why not release the Santa with a gun in Coombs?

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 30 November 2023 - 12:33 AM.


#273 Matt R.

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Posted 30 November 2023 - 01:36 AM

Maybe send in some BC Lions?

#274 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 01 December 2023 - 10:45 PM

Dead cougar decapitated in dumpster after being killed by VicPD last week

 

An anonymous source within the City of Victoria told Victoria Buzz that after the animal was killed, VicPD officers took the animal to a City waste management facility and placed the cougar’s corpse in a dumpster. This was done to keep the animal’s remains contained until such time as conservation officers could retrieve it in order to properly dispose of the body. 

 

While the cougar’s body was lying in the dumpster, someone went into the dumpster and decapitated the animal by cutting off its head and taking it with them.

 

Following this, all staff were reportedly told that there would be dire consequences if the head was not returned to the dumpster, and the COS would likely impose fines and other possible repercussions. 

 

With that, the head was returned to the dumpster the following day; however, it is still not known to City staff who decapitated the cougar’s remains. 

 

Victoria Buzz reached out to the City of Victoria to comment on what transpired and they said, “the City cannot comment on specific personnel matters.”

 

“Allegations of inappropriate workplace behaviour are investigated and may lead to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal,” the City concluded. 

 

“The COS is investigating this matter,” a COS spokesperson told Victoria Buzz in a statement.

 

“As the investigation is ongoing, we are unable to provide further comment at this time.

 

VicPD says that the incident was not reported to them following what occurred.

 

 

 

https://www.victoria...icpd-last-week/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dispatched then decapitated?


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 01 December 2023 - 10:46 PM.


#275 dasmo

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Posted 01 December 2023 - 11:36 PM

A cougar skull would be pretty awesome.

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Posted 08 December 2023 - 02:30 PM

The U.S. is considering killing Barred Owls entering from Canada.

It seems an oxymoron people can’t poison rats to increase the owl population the U.S. has been killing the Barred Owls because they are considered an invasive species .

Now considering killing ones entering from Canada.

 



#277 Mike K.

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Posted 08 December 2023 - 02:33 PM

Hmmm, I thought I had heard that before. Seems like a perennial problem.

 

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#278 aastra

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Posted 08 December 2023 - 03:07 PM

I might get barred by the mods for posting this, but wisdom is worth the price:

 

 

Times-Colonist
May 27, 1983

Barred Owls' home a cause celebre

Peter Axhorn of East Sooke isn't selling his house... But if he were, that house of his has a few items going for it that might make it prime on today's real estate market, prime to the local birding fraternity, that is.

It was a bird -- a family of birds, to be precise -- that took me out to Pete's place... The attraction was a family of Barred Owls.

Barred Owls, until recently, were thought to be strictly "eastern" owls. Going west and north, they became progressively more scarce until, west of the Rocky Mountains, they were truly rare -- at least that was the situation up until the middle of this century.

Then, as the second half of the twentieth century began to get its legs, the Barred Owl seemed to get its wings; it crossed the mountain barrier.

Today, while still a rare bird on the British Columbia coast, Barred Owls turn up often enough in the southwestern corner of the province to make them something to be looked for.

Victoria got its first Barred Owl in 1969; the second one came two years later.

Peter Axhorn says his Barred Owls showed up four years ago and they've nested in the same tree ever since. What makes Pete's birds so significant is that they not only probably represent the most westerly of their kind but they're the first to let man discover their nest in British Columbia.


Edited by aastra, 08 December 2023 - 03:08 PM.

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#279 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 08 December 2023 - 03:10 PM

I don't give a hoot.



#280 aastra

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Posted 08 December 2023 - 03:19 PM

Off with your head then.



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