Bear cub policy and trophy hunting

Conservation officer Bryce Casavant made, as we now know, the right decision in saving the two bear cubs.

Conservation officer Bryce Casavant made, as we now know, the right decision in saving the two bear cubs.

Unfortunately, the bosses in the Ministry of the Environment would not accept his judgment that there were good reasons to make an assessment with respect to human habituation before carrying out execution.

Are we to believe the chain of command in the ministry is so insecure that it can’t accept that a professional on the ground may be right?

With a little bit of mature circumspection by the higher-ups, this whole power play and media circus could have been avoided and Casavant’s job as conservation officer saved.

But then this is the minister and his policy makers who again chose to shoot themselves in the proverbial foot, just like they did when approving trophy hunting of a dwindling stock of grizzlies in the Kootenays just so someone can gloat about another kill.

Paul SnickarsParksville

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