​Complaint Over 2016 Euthanization of Bear Cub Near Dawson Creek Dismissed

Travis Fortnum
03/08/2019

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An animal protection group has lost its last bid to appeal court rulings that found conservation officers in B.C. have the discretion to euthanize wild animals.

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear an appeal filed by the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals.

It filed a complaint against a conservation officer who euthanized a black bear cub near Dawson Creek in 2016, even though a rehabilitation centre in Smithers was willing to accept the animal.

It turned to the courts when the complaint was dismissed but both B.C. Supreme Court and the provincial court of appeal ruled the officer had the authority to kill the cub even though it was not posing any threat.
 

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