STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Firefighters have 'heyday' with live scorpions discovered at Oregon park

Someone found the four scorpions at Keizer Rapids Park before bringing them in to the local fire station.

Posted: Jul 18, 2019 10:23 AM
Updated: Jul 18, 2019 11:06 AM

KEIZER, Ore. — Firefighters with the Keizer Fire District seemed a bit giddy following the discovery of four live scorpions at a city park, per a lengthy narrative on the station's Facebook page.

"On duty personnel at Keizer Fire District Headquarters were surprised by a member of the public who brought four live scorpions to the fire station today at 661 Chemawa Road N.E. in Keizer," the agency began.

According to Keizer Fire, several people at Keizer Rapids Park found the four arachnids in a container and decided to bring them in to the fire station "as leaving them in the park near a play area was obviously dangerous to children."

The Fire Chief and other station personnel took the responsibility seriously, weighing their options on what to do with the scorpions, which could be an invasive species. Eventually, they brought the issue to an expert with the Oregon Department of Agriculture — an entomologist.

The expert determined that the four creatures were members of a native species, the Pacific Northwest forest scorpion, Uroctonus mordax. The nocturnal creatures often reside in the Willamette Valley, but prefer to remain hidden under rocks or logs, "preferring moister situations."

"These are not found in desert conditions. The species mordax is not aggressive. Although they can sting (and do sting their prey when hunting), they 'play dead' rather than trying to sting when disturbed," entomologist Tom Valente told Keizer Fire.

All of this appeared to be welcome news to the firefighters, who seem to have grown fond of the arachnids.

"Fire Station personnel had a heyday with their new found 'friends' who were now fondly named . . . Timmy, Lynn, Ted, and Jeramiah," Keizer Fire said.

The agency said that they'll be taking some "good portraits" of their new scorpion companions, then they'll be bringing them to outreach events like the Oregon State Fair.

"As soon as they arrived, people began to have ideas about groups that would be interested as they go on to live the life of a celebrity and good will ambassador," Keizer Fire said.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 177134

Reported Deaths: 2467
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah35310570
Washington23704229
Marion20393299
Clackamas15557204
Lane11802144
Jackson10077129
Umatilla800083
Deschutes731272
Linn422263
Yamhill413675
Klamath357159
Polk348452
Malheur343358
Josephine310062
Douglas306566
Benton277719
Jefferson207732
Coos198631
Columbia156126
Union141824
Lincoln130520
Wasco130428
Hood River113529
Morrow108415
Clatsop9078
Crook89519
Baker86714
Curry6049
Tillamook5883
Grant4304
Lake4177
Harney3156
Wallowa1585
Gilliam571
Sherman571
Wheeler261
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3725088

Reported Deaths: 61193
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles122999823702
Riverside2976314547
San Bernardino2951314569
San Diego2756313681
Orange2692584902
Santa Clara1173792019
Kern1080611333
Sacramento1017871651
Fresno1007681650
Alameda856521477
Ventura803601002
San Joaquin717351334
Contra Costa67157782
Stanislaus606491035
Tulare49443831
Monterey43301364
San Mateo41251560
San Francisco36117529
Santa Barbara33926445
Solano32086243
Merced31289453
Sonoma29734312
Imperial28024719
Kings22781245
Placer21957283
San Luis Obispo20991257
Madera16301240
Santa Cruz15719204
Marin13868227
Yolo13581200
Shasta11747219
Butte11619196
El Dorado9797109
Napa971579
Sutter9299109
Yuba612744
San Benito598863
Lassen567924
Tehama544556
Nevada448975
Tuolumne408664
Mendocino399647
Humboldt365938
Amador363146
Lake341843
Glenn235925
Colusa220416
Calaveras206252
Siskiyou196521
Inyo141838
Del Norte12907
Mono12744
Plumas6936
Modoc4904
Mariposa4297
Trinity3985
Sierra1100
Alpine880
Unassigned470
Medford
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 72°
Brookings
Partly Cloudy
62° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 62°
Medford
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 26°
Feels Like: 72°
Medford
Partly Cloudy
72° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 72°
Klamath Falls
Clear
62° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 33°
Feels Like: 62°
Turning cooler and wetter this weekend
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Wednesday, April 21st Evening Weather

Image

Wednesday, April 21 afternoon weather

Image

Tuesday, April 20th Evening Weather

Image

Tuesday, April 20 Morning Weather

Image

Monday, April 19th Evening Weather

Image

Sunday, April 18th Overnight Weather

Image

Raiders sweep No. 23 College of Idaho, extend win streak to 13

Image

Saturday, April 17 evening weather

Image

Saturday, April 17 morning weather

Image

New Southern Oregon Speedway promotors in dash to prepare track