Bear cubs saved from be­ing eu­th­a­nized

Mother bear killed af­ter climb­ing pole

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY JAKOB POSTLEWAITE

Af­ter the death of a mother bear, her cubs were found Monday hid­ing in trees in In­ver­ness County. The mother bear climbed up an elec­tri­cal pole and was killed, and the cubs’ fu­ture was un­cer­tain due to Nova Sco­tia’s pol­icy on bears in the wild.

But in the case of these two cubs, both will be saved. One of the bear cubs has been placed with Two Rivers Wildlife Park in Mira, while the other was moved from the De­part­ment of Na­tional Re­sources (DNR) in Why­co­co­magh to the Shube­nacadie Wildlife Park for care.

Bob Petrie, Di­rec­tor of the Wildlife Di­vi­sion a DNR spoke about the fu­ture of the bear cubs.

“There are fa­cil­i­ties that are qual­i­fied to hold and re­ha­bil­i­tate wildlife for re­lease,” Petrie said in an email. “How­ever, as bears quickly be­come used to hu­mans, there is a high chance that they can be­come nui­sance an­i­mals in a prov­ince like Nova Sco­tia, where we have a much smaller land­scape with fewer re­mote ar­eas compared to other prov­inces.”

Nova Sco­tia is one of two prov­inces that do not al­low bears to be saved and then rein­tro­duced to the wild. The pol­icy states that one of the bears would have been taken to a wildlife park, while the other would be eu­th­a­nized.

The predica­ment of the two or­phaned bear cubs was first raised Monday by In­ver­ness MLA Al­lan MacMaster, who took to Face­book in the hope to raise aware­ness for the two bear cubs.

“The more in­ter­est peo­ple take, the greater the chance these cubs will have to live,” MacMaster wrote in a Face­book post on Monday. “Why not let Hope For Wildlife have a chance to try.”

Hope For Wildlife had of­fered to take the bear cubs in with a plan to re­lease them into the wild, if not for the pol­icy. The or­ga­ni­za­tion was founded in Seaforth, N.S., in 1997 and spe­cial­izes in the care, treat­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of injured or or­phaned na­tive fur bear­ing mam­mals, sea birds and song­birds. The fa­cil­ity has treated and re­leased thou­sands of mam­mals and birds rep­re­sent­ing over 200 var­i­ous species.

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