C/O suspended without pay for not killing two bear cubs
BC Conservation Officer Bryce Casavant has been suspended without pay for refusing to euthanize two bear cubs in Port Hardy.
The cubs were found Sunday in a tree on the same property where its mother had been caught taking human food from a freezer last week. The mother bear was put down.
Shortly after the cubs were tranquilized Casavant’s superiors received information that the young bears had also been into human food on the property so he was told the euthanize the cubs. However the property owner told Casavant the bears had in fact not been into human food so Casavant made arrangements for the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association in Errington to take the bears.
“We said we would send our own people up there and retrieve them which we did and on the way back we started getting phone calls to hand them over,” said Robin Campbell of North Island Wildlife Recovery Association.
The bears made it to Errington where they remain today.
Casavant told CHEK News he was unable to comment to the media under rules of his suspension.
North island residents are supportive of Casavant and a petition at Change.org has already garnered thousands of petitions. “He’s a really good conservation officer, someone with compassion you know and to learn that B race has been suspended without pay for saving two cubs is just, our community is outraged,” said Vi-Anne Roberts, the petition organizer.
In a statement to CHEK News, the Ministry of Environment said “We do not comment on personnel matter matters due to privacy and confidentiality reasons.”
To sign the petition at Change.org you can click here.