Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Conservation Officer Called Killing Bear Cubs 'Needless,' Says Leaked Documents

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Conservation Officer Called Killing Bear Cubs 'Needless,' Says Leaked Documents

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Officer said killing cubs needless, claims leak

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VICTORIA - A conservation officer in British Columbia credited with sparing the lives of two orphaned bear cubs apparently told his superiors that his duties don't include the needless killing of a baby animal.

An anonymous source provided a number of media outlets with what it says is an email exchange between Bryce Casavant and officials at British Columbia's environment ministry.

It has been reported that Casavant was suspended for refusing an order to destroy the cubs last weekend along with their mother, who raided a meat freezer at a home in the Vancouver Island community of Port Hardy.

A government spokesman would not confirm or deny the authenticity of the emails, which are dated July 3-5 and are purportedly between Casavant and an official whose name is blacked out.

It's not known when a decision will be made on the fate of the cubs, named Athena and Jordan -- the government is reviewing the incident and the bears' future.

In the purported email exchange the unnamed official expresses appreciation for Casavant's good intentions but said killing the cubs is necessary "for public safety and most humane for these bears in the long run. …

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