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B.C. Conservation Officer Service says policy review into bear cubs rescue coming

FILE PHOTO - Black bear cubs Athena and Jordan look on from their enclosure at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association in Errington, B.C., on July 8, 2015. Conservation Officer Bryce Casavant won the hearts of animal lovers when he opted not to shoot the baby bears in July after their mother was destroyed for repeatedly raiding homes near Port Hardy, B.C.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
April 22, 2016 - 7:00 AM

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's Conservation Officer Service says an internal policy review related to last year's high-profile case of an officer refusing to euthanize two orphaned bear cubs will soon be complete.

The public-safety provider's deputy chief Chris Doyle says he doesn't believe anything was wrong with a policy that suspended Bryce Casavant and later transferred him for refusing an order that he kill a pair of cubs deemed habituated to humans.

Doyle says the findings of their review will be coming out "not too far down the road."

Casavant won the hearts of animal lovers last July when he opted not to shoot the cubs after their mother was destroyed for repeatedly raiding a home near Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island.

Julie Mackey is a wildlife manager at the rehabilitation facility where the cubs are living and says they are doing well and haven't shown any signs of poor behaviour since their arrival last summer.

Mackey says the cubs are scheduled for release later this year and that the real test of their success will be how they perform in the wild.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2016
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