Ministry of Forests says bear cubs approved for release program

Two bear cubs at the centre of a controversy over a decision not to destroy them are approved for a cub rearing and release program

In an ironic twist, the Gazette learned Friday that baby bears Jordan and Athena, who have been at the heart of two-month controversy, were approved as candidates for the orphaned bear cub rearing and release program by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations in August. According to Vivian Thomas, communications director with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the decision to approve the cubs was based on additional information that was received from the property owner in Port Hardy “that suggests the cubs were less, or not, conditioned to human food and presence than first reported.”Thomas said the decision about the cubs was made last month by the provincial Wildlife Veterinarian and provincial wildlife biologists who determined the cubs were in good health and should be cared for by the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre until 2016 at which time they will be released as yearlings.”The release site will be determined at a later date, but will be as remote as possible, in good bear habitat and away from human settlement to further reduce the risk of human contact,” said Thomas in an email.The centre will perform behavioural assessments and continue to monitor the bears closely, as is done for all cubs entering the program.Residents are reminded that the best way to avoid habituated bears or orphaned cubs is to reduce human-wildlife interaction by securing food attractants, such as garbage, birdseed, compost, pet food and fruit.

Just Posted

37th Annual Gazette Hamper Fund helps make the season bright

Hamper Fund remains more than $9,000 short of its 2017 financial goal

Community support keeps girls hockey alive on the North Island

“A successful program depends on community engagement and support.”

State terminates Cooke’s lease for Port Angeles salmon farm

PORT ANGELES — Meetings are expected to begin this week between the… Continue reading

Environment Canada says snow in the forecast for Vancouver Island

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement for flurries and cold air throughout the next week

Proposed public art installation sparks debate in Victoria

$250,000 sculpture complements an interactive sound element of First Nations drumming and singing

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

B.C. wildfire evacuee admits to setting hotel room fire

A Williams Lake wildfire evacuee admitted to setting Kamloops hotel room on fire

UPDATE: Grizzly bear trophy hunting over in B.C.

Now only Indigenous people can hunt bears for meat

Star Blue Jays announced for Vancouver ‘Winter Tour’ event in January

Toronto’s pro baseball team heads west for two-day event

UPDATE: ‘Multiple fatalities’ as Amtrak derails in Washington State

13 cars jumped the tracks as train made its first voyage between Seattle and Portland

Mental effects of wildfire still linger in Fort McMurray

‘Resilient, but tired:’ Mental effects of wildfire lingering in Fort McMurray

Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

AP Exclusive: Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

Calgary Flames thump Vancouver Canucks 6-1

Mark Giordano, Sam Bennett lead the way as Flames thump Canucks 6-1

INTERACTIVE MAP: Follow the 2017 Tour de Rock

Follow the Tour de Rock, as they pedal more than 1,000 kilometres fundraising to combat paediatric cancer

Most Read