An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
POLICY IS OFTEN CITED as a reason for doing things but, like the law, policy can be an ass.
There are two orphaned bear cubs in Kamloops right now that will probably die from starvation, injury, exposure or predation. It doesn’t have to be that way.
In both cases, their mothers were killed by vehicles, leaving the cubs on their own.
Residents in Rivershore and Rayleigh have been begging the BC Conservation Officer Service to allow the cubs to be captured and cared for through the winter by a licensed rehab centre so they can be released in spring.
But red tape stands in the way. Before either the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter or the Critter Care Wildlife Society would be allowed to undertake the rescue, they need permission from the Conservation service.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.