to release now would mean death by starvation or being killed by a predator
The Winnipeg Humane Society issues plea to province to save Makoon the bear cub, send to rehabilitation facility: to release now would mean death by starvation or being killed by a predator
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(WINNIPEG) Makoon the bear cub found this past April near St. Malo, Manitoba has been the subject of debate between Manitoba Conservation and Makoon supporters. Manitoba Conservation’s Jim Duncan has indicated the bear cub would be released to the wild within the next week or two.
The Winnipeg Humane Society has learned from bear biology experts that this early release would present as low as 5% chance of survival. “It is cruel and unimaginable the province is considering such a callous act for a cub who cannot adequately fend for himself," said Bill McDonald, WHS CEO.
Bear expert, Dr. John Beecham, Ph.D advises the best opportunity for releasing cubs is when they are large enough and old enough to defend themselves from predators. This best age is 17-18 months of age. “At 5 months of age, Makoon would only be 30 lbs. A release at this age means death by starvation or being killed by a predator,” stated McDonald.
The WHS is imploring the province reconsider their position and take the recommendations of experienced professionals like Beecham and transfer Makoon to a bear rehabilitation centre immediately.
The WHS also requests that the Department of Conservation allow Makoon to be released back into Manitoba. “We have been advised this is possible. The problem seems to be the Department of Conservation is putting up road blocks and seemingly refusing to listen to informed experts,” continued McDonald. “It is time we consider what is best for Makoon.”
About The WHS:
The Winnipeg Humane Society is a registered charity and non-profit organization whose mission is to protect animals from suffering and to promote their welfare and dignity. Funded primarily by donations, memberships and bequests, The WHS also adopts pets, cats, dogs and critters. All adoptable pets have been spayed or neutered, a health check, and a behavioural assessment. http://www.winnipeghumanesociety.ca
About Dr. John Beecham:
Dr. John Beecham, Ph.D has been raising and releasing black bear cubs for more than 40 years and has worked for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for over 29 years, including 12 years conducting research on black bears.