Incorrect flag for 'Organism is Wild' set automatically in abnormal conditions


I just saw an observation on my dashboard for an American Black Bear that was marked as casual, which caught my eye as the pic was only of scat and that’s not generally a species I see flagged as casual.

I’ve seen this happen for other species within boundaries that make sense, such as zoos/safaris, however in this case, the observation is within a very large protected wildlife reserve/wilderness area (1,628 km2), with other observations in each direction more than 20km away, and 50+km from the closest city.

I voted no for the DQA to bring it back to needs ID, but wondering what the cause of the automatic flag is caused by in this case? Seems like it could be easy for similarly misflagged observations to fall through the cracks. I did look at the conditions for the automatic flag within the Help page, but they don’t seem to match this situation.

Here is the observation in question:


The system will vote that the observation is not wild/naturalized if there are at least 10 other observations of a genus or lower in the smallest county-, state-, or country-equivalent place that contains this observation and 80% or more of those observations have been marked as not wild/naturalized.

The county-level place where you observed this has a safari park and 30 of 34 local observations are captive (e.g.


Thanks! When I read the help page last night, I’d been thinking that the county boundaries it was testing against would’ve been the province. I’d ruled out Parc Omega as being too far away, but makes sense.

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