The Squamish River in British Columbia, surrounded by iconic mountains and buried in lush greenery, is truly a sight to behold. But this past August, what someone witnessed in the Squamish was a far more sobering sight — the body of a wild, innocent grizzly bear, murdered and floating in the water.
After the bear’s body was examined, officers determined the worst-case scenario — someone gunned down this beautiful creature, and then callously tried to dispose of the body by dragging it with a rope into the Squamish River.
Whoever did this is in clear breach of Conservation law.
Beyond that, they wanted to kill this bear just for the sake of killing.
Why else would they leave their body behind, attempting to dispose of it?
As long as whoever did this remains free from consequences, they could do this to another grizzly bear or other threatened animal.
Conservation officers must use all resources available to bring them to justice.
Please sign this petition to urge the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service to find whoever did this as soon as possible!
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This article by Mathew Davis was first published by One Green Planet on 11 October 2023. Image Credit :Islandwave Photography/Shutterstock.