Wildlife advocacy group appeals to court over the way bears killed stemming from Dawson Creek incident

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An article by the Vancouver Sun states The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals is challenging the way bears are killed in B.C. and focussing on an incident that occurred near Dawson Creek.

The main argument is that conservation officers kill bears that do not pose a threat to public or safety.

They are asking the courts to review a decision by a conservation officer to shoot and kill an orphaned bear cub in May of 2016 near Dawson Creek.

According to the article, Tiana Jackson had found the bear on a road and called RCMP. They then contacted conservation officers.

Jackson had the cub at her place of residence in a dog kennel until the officer could arrive.

Micah Kneller was the officer that spoke with Jackson. Allegedly, the officer told Jackson he was going to shoot the bear during a phone call even though he had not yet seen the bear.

The officer was also told Northern Lights Wildlife Society would accept the bear into its care but the bear was still killed.

In January of this year, the province of B.C. did apparently look into the complaint launched. The article states the deputy chief conservation officer said there was ‘no evidence to support the complaint.’ The Vancouver Sun says that according to court documents: Section 86 of the Wildlife Act exempts conservation officers from restrictions against killing wild animals under Section 79 “when officers are engaged in performing their duties.”

The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals is arguing that the officer was not engaged in their duties but was acting outside of their duties.

The association also received a letter from the chief conservation officer that stated the officer had sufficient cause to kill the bear.

Original story by the Vancouver Sun: http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/animal-rights-group-launches-court-challenge-of-b-c-bear-kill-policy.

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