Do you have experience with large mammals?
Can you respond quickly to wildlife incidents around town?
Do you know how to administer tranquilizers and use a rifle?
Can you go shirtless and rugged to take down a bear in a lake or river?
If you have answered yes to the above questions, the City of Ottawa may have a position for you!!
A meeting yesterday between the City of Ottawa, National Capital Commission and the Ministry of Natural Resources came up with a plan whereby the City would hire a private company or individual to handle all big-game situations within city limits.
In the interim, the MNR has said they will provide assistance in this regard until a dedicated wildlife officer can be hired by the City.
“They are going to get some chemical immobilization training so they will be ready as of Monday should anything happen next week.” MNR Minister Linda Jeffrey told CBC news.
A rash of what can best be described as bumbled wildlife encounters around town have prompted criticism towards the City of Ottawa, but according to MNR Minister, the Mayor and the City are now taking responsibly for it.
The situation is Ottawa was only exacerbated this week by a Montreal moose takedown and relocation that went very smoothly. Montreal police we given immediate assistance by Quebec Wildlife officials.
My guess is that many folks here at the Outdoors Guy probably have enough big-game experience, and with a bit of training would do quite a fine job as a Wildlife Officer for the City of Ottawa.