Provincial government defends conservation officer who shot black bear cub

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In an update on a previous story, the provincial government has defended a conservation officer who is accused of shooting a black bear cub. Tiana Jackson, a woman who found the cub on a dirt road about 50 kilometers away from Dawson Creek prior to its death, has filed a lawsuit against the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, saying that the bear was killed illegally. The suit claims that under the Wildlife Act, animals cannot be euthanized unless they preset a threat to people, property, or other wildlife, and the officer’s decision to shoot the bear was illegal. The provincial government has responded via court documents by indicating that under the law, officers are given a large amount of discretion when it comes to destroying animals. The response also cited a section of the Wildlife Act that says the offences listed in the act do not apply to “an officer engaged in the performance of his or her duties.” The court hearing is expected to end later today.

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