DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A family that rescued a bear cub near Dawson Creek last week was horrified when a conservation officer euthanized the cub in front of them in spite of pleas to send it to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.
According to an article in The Vancouver Sun, Tiana Jackson said she found the cub lying on a gravel road near her home about 50 kilometres outside Dawson Creek on May 6. When the mother bear didn’t appear, Jackson called the RCMP, who routed the call to a conservation officer. After the officer said he was two hours from the site, Jackson noted that the cub was wandering off, and called her brother for help.
The pair took the cub to Jackson’s home, penned it in a dog kennel and gave it food and water while they waited for the conservation officer.
When the conservation officer called for an update, Jackson told him they had taken the cub to her home. At the point the officer explained to her that the cub would have to be put down. Despite arranging for the bear to be accepted at the Northern Lights Wildlife Society in Smithers the officer refused, saying that “bears can’t be rehabilitated.”
While her family watched, she said the officer euthanized the cub with an injection.
In a statement, B.C. environment ministry said the conservation officer assessed the cub and determined it was unhealthy and not suitable for rehabilitation, adding “When bears become habituated to people or conditioned to garbage, conservation officers are forced to destroy them for public safety.”
Story courtesy: The Vancouver Sun http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/bear-cub-euthanized-despite-dawson-creek-familys-fight-to-save-it