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Bear Cub Killing

/ 97.3 The Eagle
               A B-C judge has dismissed the case of a wildlife advocacy group that challenged the authority of conservation officers to destroy wild animals. The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals filed a court petition earlier this year, challenging a conservation officer’s decision in May 2016 to kill a black bear cub near Dawson Creek. Lawyers for the group argued the provincial Wildlife Act doesn’t allow the officers to destroy animals unless they’re a threat, but the province said in court that the law gives conservation officers broad discretion. B-C Supreme Court Justice Gordon Weatherill says in a decision released last week that officers do have the authority to kill wildlife, but only when they are performing their duties and the actions follow government policy.

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