LANCASTER – A wild badger seen running around a Vallarta Supermarket parking lot in Lancaster was captured without incident this past Saturday, authorities said.
The incident occurred around 7:30 p.m., Saturday July 19, in the 1800 block of West Avenue I in Lancaster, according to a press release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station. Read it below:
CHP and Animal Control requested Lancaster Station deputies to respond when a wild badger was discovered running loose in a local parking lot.
Deputies captured the badger with a pole snare and transferred custody of the badger to Animal Control officers.
There were no reports of injuries to personnel or civilians.
Animal Control officers stated that the animal is not native to the area and it is unknown how the animal got there. Animal Control officers will continue to investigate this incident and request anyone with information to contact the Department of Animal Control at [661-940-4191].
Last summer, Lancaster Sheriff’s deputies encountered a large alligator, a kangaroo and a baby monkey in a van that was reported for “suspicious activity” near the corner of 50th Street West and Avenue K. The unusual traffic stop ended on a high note, once deputies discovered that the animals were part of the “Zoo to You” program that had just left Quartz Hill Elementary School. Read more here.
An exotic-animal encounter was not nearly as amicable for Palmdale Sheriff’s deputies who helped corral a camel that was running loose in Acton after biting at least one man this past Valentine’s Day. Read more about that here.