‘Absolutely disappointed:’ Illegal dumping at popular Parksville mountain sparks anger

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It was a day that Megan Buemann had been looking forward to for months.


On July 4, Buemann and her colleagues at the North Island Island Wildlife Recovery Centre finally got to release a Great Horned Owl back into the wild that they had been nursing for months.


“I’m very happy, I’m almost nervous excited,” said Buemann, an animal care worker at NIWRA. “It’s very fulfilling to see them off and free and healthy.”


They chose Little Mountain near Parksville, a popular hiking spot where on a clear day you can see for kilometers, as the place to release the now recovered Great Horned Owl.


But upon releasing the raptor, Buemann saw a disturbing sight over the cliff – piles of trash including appliances and televisions, at the base of the mountain.


“Looks like a TV screen down there,” said Buemann as she was surveying the bottom of the cliff.


“It’s kind of disheartening you know we wanna create a good environment for ourselves and wildlife and then there’s junk down there.”


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