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In One Ear: Call the Mounties

Who do you call to rescue a giant fish?
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on October 5, 2018 12:01AM


What to do when an 8-foot, 300-pound, 75-year-old sturgeon became stranded in a shallow pond off the Fraser River in Agassiz, British Columbia? Why, call the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, of course, CBC.ca reports (bit.ly/movefish).

More specifically, the First Nations Police division, with assistance from government biologists and volunteers from the Lower Fraser River Guardians showed up to rescue the critter, as he’s a member of a white sturgeon species that’s 65 million years old and considered endangered.

Yes, it practically took a village to corral the beast with a net, wrangle him into a sling (pictured, courtesy of the RCMP), then lift that ponderous but precious load into a tank in the back of a pickup truck. He was then driven to the main part of the river and released. And hopefully, he’ll live happily ever after.



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