A classic Canadian encounter

Nanaimo, This Is What We Do

2018-04-19 14:51 PDT

File # 2018-13438

Nanaimo RCMP officers responded in force the other night to a report of a possible break and enter in progress. What they found was not quite what they expected. The panicked 911 call came in at approximately 10:30 pm on Wednesday April 18th from a resident on Sun Valley Drive.

When officers arrived they immediately set up containment and approached with the scene with trepidation, not knowing what they may be walking into. Using skills acquired and honed over the years they were physically and mentally prepared to accept the challenge head on. With flashlights in hand the source was identified. Come out with your hands up, don't make any quick movements, said the attending officer. Slowly and deliberately the suspect availed themselves to the officers and with paws and tail in the air; a full grown beaver waddled out and into the open!

The officers tried asking the beaver for some identification but with a shake of its tail, it simply meandered through the yard and was last seen heading southbound, in search of more beaver friendly hangouts. The officers reassured the panicked caller that the situation had been resolved and when she was told it was a beaver, they all shared a good laugh and chalked it up to just another day in Nanaimo.

Released by

Cst. Gary O'Brien

Media Relations Officer
Community Policing Services, Nanaimo
303 Prideaux St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2N3
Office: 250-755-3257
Cell: 250-713-0701
Fax: 250-755-3238

Email: gary.obrien@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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