People from as far away as Israel and Australia have signed a petition asking the City of Vancouver to probe the disappearance of Canuck the Crow as if it’s a missing-person case.
“That he was snatched, that’s kind of the most popular theory,” said Jane Mason, who organized the change.org petition from her home in the tiny village (pop. 150) of Bishop Hill, Ill. “There’s no body. There would be evidence, something to tell us if he was dead.”
Canuck was last seen by his human buddy Shawn Bergman around 3 p.m. on Aug. 30. A $10,000 reward, raised mostly by Canuck’s 130,000 Facebook followers, has been offered. He had a numbered band declaring that he was federally protected.
Mason has her own theory about how Canuck vanished.
“The little daredevil might have gotten into a vehicle at the PNE and when the people came back, off they went who knows how many hundreds of miles before they discovered they had a hitchhiker and stopped to let him out,” she said. “Crows are not homing pigeons.”
Her petition is directed at Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart and the B.C. Conservation Officer Service.
“The mayor stated on Sept. 14 his office would help in any way they could,” the petition reads in part. It “insists” any and all CCTV footage from the period in which Canuck disappeared from his Cassiar and Hastings streets neighbourhood be “thoroughly reviewed” for evidence relating to his disappearance.
“It is past time Canuck’s disappearance be fully investigated by authorities,” Mason said. “I believe, and it’s why I want CCTV footage reviewed, there is some evidence.”
Bergman had nothing to do with the petition, other than reposting it on his Canuck and Facebook page, Mason said.
A comment by Reena El-Murr of Roseville, Calif., one of thousands that accompany the petition, is fairly representative of how people feel.
“Do the right thing by Canuck and those who care about his welfare,” she wrote. “This is a local and global community call to action. This is Canuck, your art muse, your honorary employee and your unofficial ambassador!”
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