Tigard man dialed 911 to report people messing with nature

A Tigard man was the subject of this week’s “You called 911 for that?” campaign.

The campaign — started by Washington County emergency dispatchers — is meant to highlight the worst use of calls for emergency services that week.

A man at Summerlake Park dialed 911 on Sunday, March 9, and told dispatchers, “They are feeding them human food,” the man said. “I don’t think that’s allowed and there’s, like, all types of birds coming toward them, now.”

The man said he was concerned for the birds because they “are nature wildlife, and they should stay that way.”

Washington County dispatchers, officially with the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency, began the campaign seven weeks ago to highlight inappropriate uses of 911 and educate the public about the proper way to use the service.

Dialing 911 should be reserved for police-, fire-, or medical-related emergencies, agency leaders said. The number should not be used to report annoyances.

“This is not something that the police departments will respond to, and in this case, they did not,” officials wrote in a statement. “To report an event such as this in a park, you should contact the city’s public works department.”

Tigard Public Works can be reached at 503-718-2591.

In Washington County, the non-emergency number is 503-629-0111.

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