Reinstate Officer Suspended for Allegedly Refusing to Kill Bear Cubs


Target: Mary Polak, Minister for the Environment, British Colombia

Goal: Throw out suspension for conservation officer who allegedly defied orders in the interest of saving two bear cubs.

An animal control officer was recently suspended without pay after allegedly disobeying orders to kill two bear cubs in Vancouver Island, British Colombia. Conservation officer Bryce Casavant was reportedly forced to kill the cubs’ mother, who had repeatedly been found wandering into residential areas to eat food from an outdoor freezer. When the cubs wandered onto the property looking for their mother, he was allegedly ordered by his superiors to kill them as well, despite a lack of evidence that they posed a threat to residents.

Casavant, using his better judgement, took the bears to an animal hospital where they were examined then transferred to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Association. According to the facility’s manager, Robin Campbell, the bears are not habituated to humans and can be successfully returned to the wild when they are old enough to fend for themselves. Rather than killing the bears unnecessarily, the officer made the right choice to save the two black bear cubs.

Despite the fact that Casavant made a good call based on the behaviors of the young cubs, he was suspended without pay for his reported disobedience. He will be off work for two weeks while his superiors conduct an investigation into his performance on the job.

Conservation officers should always do everything within their power to keep both humans and animals safe and healthy. Rather than acting on a hasty and uninformed order by his superiors, he chose to do what was in the best interest of the animals. Sign the petition below to demand that Conservation Officer Casavant is allowed to return to work and that he is rewarded, rather than punished, for his efforts.


Dear Minister Mary Polak,

A conservation officer was recently suspended without pay after saving the lives of two black bear cubs. After their mother was euthanized because she became too habituated with finding food in human-inhabited areas, the officer discovered the cubs when they came looking for their mother. Despite allegedly being told to kill the two cubs, officer Bryce Casavant tranquilized them and took them to a wildlife sanctuary.

According to the sanctuary manager, the cubs have an excellent chance of being released back to the wild. Without this officer’s good judgement, the bears could have been unnecessarily killed. We, the undersigned, demand that Officer Casavant is immediately reinstated and rewarded for his actions.


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  1. We need more conservation officers like him–not like the cruel idiot giving the orders to kill innocent bear clubs. He made the moral and compassionate choice to take the bears to a sanctuary. He is the real conservationist. Reinstate Bryce Casavant and promote him!

    Why was the mother bear even killed? She was no threat. She should have been relocated. It is humans’ fault, since we have encroached on their habitat and leave food unprotected. Whoever made the absurd and unnecessary decision to kill the mother bear and her 2 cubs should be fired. He/she is not a conservationist!

  2. reinstate this officer and suspend his superior without pay

  3. Kudos… And back pay…. To this man! We need more Thinking, compassionate people like him, not robots with weapons…..

    And a good hard kick with my pointy-toe boots to his so-called “superior”…..

  4. Although he made the right choice in saving the cubs…he made the wrong choice in killing the Mother. She was only looking for food for herself and her cubs. She could of been relocated as well. Too bad they don’t have their Mom anymore.

  5. Ellis Toscano says:

    This is the kind of man we need to work for us.

  6. Thank you Bryce for having a heart & a conscience. Wish there were more conservation officers like you. To the Minister, can you honestly say to yourself that this good man should lose his job? If you think he should, then shame on you!

  7. Well done Bryce. Moronic and cruel superiors?

  8. Cecily Colloby says:

    Bryce, you are a HERO and we need more like you.Those responsible for suspending you are gutless, cowardly morons. We should never be afraid to do the right thing and that is exactly what you did. WELL DONE!!! Be proud of yourself!

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