Jordan and Athena, the two bear cubs rescued by Conservation Officer Bryce Casavant, are doing well with some new friends at the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre. But what will happen next for the two – or their rescuer who defied orders to protect them – remains unknown.
The Province has reported that the twin cubs are happily living with several other cubs at the rehabilitation centre, but the union representing Casavant is still waiting to hear from Ministry of Environment representatives.
“Our staff rep has met with Mr. Casavant and with the employer,” the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union spokesman Chris Bradshaw told The Province. “We are pressing the government to conclude their investigation as quickly as possible, and we’re continuing to advocate for [Casavant’s] reinstatement.”
Unfortunately the fate of the bear cubs is also in the balance, as the government is yet to declare their intent for them. Casavant, along with experts on the ground, stated that the cubs showed no sign of habituation after their mother was killed, and therefore should be given a reprieve from government-sanctioned death. Casavant’s supervisor, however, disagreed, as was seen in emails leaked to the media by hacker group Anonymous.
For now, support is pouring into North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre for both Jordan and Athena, and the many other animals being given a second chance. The Fur-Bearers are continuing to pressure the government to adopt new policies and create funding for research and boots-on-the-ground conservation efforts with petitions and letters.
Photo of Jordan and Athena supplied by North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
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