Call the mounties


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, reports (

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.

Elleda Wilson is an editorial assistant for The Daily Astorian and author of the award-winning In One Ear community column. Contact her at 971-704-1718 or

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