East Vancouver birdman Shawn Bergman has a story of woe that he's sharing on Facebook.
As many Vancouverites know, Bergman has struck up a close friendship with a crow called Canuck. The duo was even featured in Mariah Kennedy's short film "On Crows".
But now, according to Bergman, someone has declared that they want Canuck killed. And it's all because of a dispute with Canada Post.
Spring is when crows defend their nest. It's an instinct that's been honed through thousands of years. So when a postal worker approached one day, Canuck reacted in the way that crows sometimes do at this time of year.
"Canuck encountered the mail carrier one day and proceeded to bite him a few times causing broken skin and bleeding," Bergman writes on the Canuck and I page. "I felt horrible when I found out that Canuck had caused harm to someone. But I understand Crow nesting season and the perils that come with it. This lasted for a couple of days until Canada Post stopped mail delivery to my home and to two other homes."
This naturally didn't sit well with the neighbours, who wanted mail service restored. And Canada Post refused to budge for two months.
"With the neighbors getting upset, there have been both subtle and not so subtle threats against Canuck's safety," Bergman alleges in his post. "Upon hearing this, I made a plea to Canada Post to try and work with me to implement a solution to this issue."
At first, Bergman thought Canada Post was taking his concerns seriously and they were being passed along to someone who could address them. But he states that after four weeks, he had to contact Canada Post again after receiving no response.
"I would have thought that contacting them and letting them know the seriousness of the situation of Canuck's life being threatened they would have been willing to step up and work together," he writes. "Instead though, I was met with an extremely cold, corporate response."
In effect, there will be no Canada Post mail service to the three homes "until the threat to their workers no longer existed", according to Bergman.
This logically means "Canuck's death", because he won't relocate.
"I'm saddened and surprised by Canada Post's lack of compassion, and caring for Canuck's safety, basically making it sound as if they would rather sit back and wait for the death threats to come to fruition and then their problem would be solved," he writes. "To me it comes across as if Canada Post couldn't care less about wildlife."