There’s something funny about Canadians. By that I mean that they have a peculiarity that sets them apart. The same seems true about the Canadian criminal. They are peculiar.
This post was inspired by the recent report of black bears employed to provide security for an illegal marijuana “grow-op”. Apparently police investigating a site near Christina Lake, British Columbia, found a 1000 plant grow-op and about 10 black bears guarding them. It seems that the human couple who owned the property had been leaving dog food out to attract the bears.
They did not turn out to be good security because they have grown so accustomed to humans that they remained docile when the police arrived. One bear even rambled over and climbed onto a police cruiser to observe the raid better.
On searching this den of crime, the police also encountered a panicky pot bellied pig in one of two buildings on the property. In the other building they found a raccoon sleeping “spread eagled on the bed, like a cat” according to RCMP Constable David Smith. The raccoon was ejected when it tried to tamper with an evidence box.
The couple face charges for the production and possession of marijuana but also for feeding wildlife. It may not end well for the bears either. If they have become too habituated to humans and handouts and they cannot be rehabilitated into the wild, they may have to be put down.
This story reminded me of another strange case in which a man in Toronto grabbed a Canadian Goose from a nearby park. He then went into a donut shop with the goose under his arm to rob it. He threatened to twist the goose’s neck unless he was given money. The manager complied and even went to get more money from a nearby ATM to ensure the safe release of the goose.
A few weeks later, the desperate criminal, one Peter Lerat, was apprehended by police after he tried to extort money from Toronto pedestrians by holding a two month old raccoon and threatening to bash it with a rock.
How to explain all this strange criminal behavior? Could this all be the result of tight gun laws that Canadian criminals had to arm themselves with bears, geese and raccoons? What’s next? Squirrels?