Residents not reporting wildlife conflict – but officer fails to ask why

A frustrated conservation officer took to the media this week hoping to inspire more calls to the conservation service and prevent future conflict. But he failed to see what the most likely explanation is: people don’t want their wild neighbours to be killed.

It has been a bloody summer for wildlife across Canada this year, and the lack of compassion escalated to include the lives of two innocent cubs and the conservation officer who risked his career to protect them. The two cubs will now be rehabilitated and released, but Casavant will not resume his former duties. Hundreds of thousands of signatures on petitions, letters to the editor and rants on social media showed what the majority of people believed should follow.

British Columbia’s political leadership has made it clear that co-existence is not a priority, despite a clear mandate from the electorate and the science to support it.

People in British Columbia – and across Canada – love wildlife. When they know that reporting sightings will lead to the killing of wildlife, they won’t call. But when the day comes that our country embraces co-existence and the true conservation of wildlife, the phones won’t stop ringing.

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