Kelowna RCMP invites public to name mascot but Tasie may not make the cut

KELOWNA, B.C. — Hundreds of people have submitted names for the Kelowna RCMP’s bear mascot, but it’s doubtful suggestions like Taser the Friendly Bear will make the cut.

KELOWNA, B.C. — Hundreds of people have submitted names for the Kelowna RCMP’s bear mascot, but it’s doubtful suggestions like Taser the Friendly Bear will make the cut.

Or Taser the Non-Lethal Bear. Or Tasie.

“There’s some really good ones and there’s some really nasty ones,” said RCMP Sgt. Ann Brinnen of the monikers that have flooded in.

The Taser-related names may be in reference to the public’s perception of the Mounties’ easy use of the conducted energy weapon in several high-profile incidents.

The mascot, attired in the traditional red serge of the Mounties, holds the rank of sergeant and attends parades, presentations and celebrations.

“He is outgoing, physically fit and has a charming personality,” Brinnen said. “Like most bears, he enjoys a good meal and doesn’t say much.”

Other name suggestions include Ogocop, Sergeant Pepper, Sergeant Fairplay, K Bear, Sir Poops a Lot and Snuggles the Cop.

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