A B.C. conservation officer who chose to save two young bears in Port Hardy is facing yet another punishment from his employer, his union says.
Last month, Bryce Casavant refused an order to euthanize two cubs who were orphaned by their mother and had broken into a home. As a result, he was suspended.
Now, Stephanie Smith, president of the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union, says they’re disappointed Casavant is being transferred out of his job.
“His job was to do a risk assessment, he did that, and he assessed that the cubs needed secondary assessment as to whether or not they were able to be rehabilitated.”
Casavant is in working in another part of the public sector, but Smith would not say where. The union is filing a grievance.
The young bears, Athena and Jordan, were sent to a rehabilitation centre.
In a emailed statement, a spokesperson with B.C.’s Public Service Agency says “no employee involved in this case has been subjected to any discipline.”
The spokesperson adds management’s decision was to reassign Casavant “to an equivalent position within government, at no loss of salary or classification.”