YCSO Weekend Roundup VICIOUS MOUNTAIN LIONS, INCONVENIENT DEER, AND K9
Published on May 08, 2023
VICIOUS MOUNTAIN LIONS, INCONVENIENT DEER, AND K9S WITH ATTITUDES
OOPS. OUR BAD…
Wednesday May 4th, residents in Cordes Lakes were alerted to “a pack of viscous mountain lions in the area” through a YCSO Emergency Notification Message. The shock and horror were short-lived however, when it was learned that the message was an error born of hitting the “enter” key too quickly (hey – glass houses! Who amongst us has not done THAT before?).
YCSO dispatchers were dutifully performing their weekly training for such emergencies (and presumably vicious tigers and bears too) but instead of saving the message, they sent it out by mistake. Though the dispatchers canceled the message immediately, it still managed to reach 695 people. A follow up message stating there was no active threats or emergency in the area was also sent, but the deputies on patrol that evening in the Cordes area were armed with make-believe tranquilizer guns just in case.
One dispatcher worried “I hope we don’t become the boy who cried wolf…I mean lion”.
KARMA IS A DEER?
On Thursday May 5th, YCSO deputies responded to a report of a vehicle that hit a house on N. Valancius Way in Lake Montezuma. When they arrived on scene, deputies found a full-sized Dodge pick-up in the side of the house and the driver claiming he had swerved to miss a deer.
The driver exhibited signs and symptoms of intoxication and was subsequently arrested for DUI and criminal damage charges. The person in the house who called 911, was left contemplating what karmic debt he was paying, because he had clearly chosen the wrong day to house-sit for the owners who were out of town.
No one was injured in the home, and the offending deer is still at large.
STILL A DIVA
This week Loki, the newest furry member of the YCSO K9 Drug Interdiction Team, who was highlighted in a previous Facebook Post - has now passed his narcotics detection certification through the national police canine association. The certification is for detection of heroin, meth, and cocaine. Loki and his human partner Deputy C, have been training for the past 12 weeks, including an in-house academy with a trainer from Prescott PD that consisted of “imprinting” on narcotics odors that also includes fentanyl.
Loki, who has previously been described as a handful with an ego, has not been humbled by his training. When asked if he had changed much in the last 12 weeks, his partner simply said, “No. He still has the same…feistiness…I’ll leave it at that.” Congratulations Loki. Sympathies Deputy C.