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Officer Won't Kill 2 Bear Cubs, So He's Suspended Without Pay

By    |   Friday, 10 Jul 2015 12:29 PM

British Columbia conservation officer Bryce Casavant has been suspended without pay, pending a performance investigation, for refusing to kill two bear cubs.

According to the Campbell River Mirror, the cubs' mother was killed after breaking into a mobile home freezer used to store salmon and deer meat. The cubs then climbed a nearby tree and kept calling for their dead mother.

CBC News reported Casavant had orders to shoot the cubs last Sunday, but instead decided to rescue them with members of the Port Hardy Fire Department.

"(The firefighters) had their high-angle rescue specialist scale the tree and rappel down on top of the bears to lower them to me. I then tranquilized them by hand," Casavant told the Mirror. "We were there for a couple of hours."

The cubs were transported to the Port Hardy Veterinary Hospital for a health assessment and containment after they were tranquilized.

"It's immoral to shoot a helpless baby bear, they are nursing still," said Rob Hodder, the owner of the mobile home that the cub's mother broke into. "They are not garbage bears. They are infants."

The cubs were eventually transported to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association facility in Errington, a community on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, according to the Vancouver Sun.

Since Casavant's suspension, an online petition was started on his behalf asking British Columbia's minister of the environment, Mary Polak, to reinstate him.

The petition had collected more than 115,000 signatures as of Friday.

Comedian and actor Ricky Gervais sided with Casavant, calling for his officer's reinstatement on Twitter. He was joined by others on social media.


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