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12 bizarre wildlife calls B.C. conservation officers got in 2022

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More than 30,000 calls were made to the B.C. Conservation Officer Service's RAPP hotline last year, a line set up for residents to report human-animal conflicts.

The conservation officer service has released a lighthearted list of the strangest reports they received in 2022.

One caller advised the operator a peacock had entered their home through an open door, and while there was no threat to their safety, the caller’s grandpa was not encouraging the bird to leave due to the weather. The caller said they wound "call back if it became an issue.”

A few callers from the same area phoned in about a bighorn sheep they'd seen by itself, and looked lonely apparently, including this caller: “Latest sighting yesterday on a blind corner. Big, maybe 350 pounds. Needs a mate.”

One caller reported having concern for the snakes in her garden and she'd like to set up an appointment to have them removed.

A caller with a pond on their property that collects water from five lots and drains into a fish-bearing stream phoned in to report that there were no tadpoles this year and they wanted to know what happened.

The office was informed the RCMP received a call from someone who reported they saw a bush rustle and heard purring coming from it, and was concerned it was a cougar. 

One caller reported a family of otters was in the area. “Not sure if you know they are there, attracting a lot of people.”

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A caller reported a dead shrew and advised the office “we are not concerned,” but insisted he needed to make the report.

One caller phoned to report a badger was making a den in her backyard, that she wasn’t concerned about it, but “just thought we would like to know.”

A caller phoned concerned about a bear that was attacking a statue that looked like a person.

Another caller reported some kind of big, black and grey animals flew by their driveway, but it was so fast the person was unable to identify them.

According to the conservation officer service, deer generated more than 5,000 calls last year. The service shared two of their favourites.

A caller reported deer had dug a hole in their yard and were laying in it. The caller assumed “the deer are keeping warm but is wondering if she should help them.”

Lastly, one caller reported seeing a deer on the side of the road. “The deer is not injured and mobile.”

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