Couple won't be charged after rescue of malnourished bear cub

Came to cub's rescue

A Lower Mainland couple is expressing relief that their good deed to rescue a starving black bear cub will not be punished.

The BC Conservation Officer Service confirmed it will not be taking further enforcement action after an investigation determined the “people were clearly acting with good intentions.”

In a Facebook post, Corrine and Mike Robson of Anmore said they were contacted by the service on Sunday and were informed there will be no further investigation or charges from their efforts to relocate a cub that was taking refuge on a neighbour’s patio.

The conservation service also relayed that while it understands the “public’s desire to help” animals believed to be orphaned, members of the public “are not encouraged to interact with wildlife” because “early human intervention could lead to the separation of the family unit of bears.”

Last week, the Robsons were asked to assist a neighbour who found a small bear cub holing up in a corner of their outdoor patio. The young bruin appeared to be tired and malnourished, and was tucked in behind some packing material under a shelf.

Corrine contacted conservation officers, but was told to wait the night and then call back.

After watching the cub for 16 hours, Michael took the cub to the Critter Care Wildlife Society in Langley, but upon returning was confronted by conservation officers, who told him he would be investigated.

According to Critter Care, the cub’s weight when it was brought in was just 20 pounds. A spokesperson says the bear is now in stable condition.

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