Conservation officer Bryce Casavant was punished for saving the lives of two innocent and scared bear cubs. Bryce was ordered to euthanize the cubs but used his better judgment and refused.
In the hard-to-watch footage, you will see the two cubs in the backyard of someone’s house. The officers approach the bears trying to restrain them.
Casavant soon realizes that the cubs posed no real threat and were just terrified. Per his job, he is supposed to kill the cubs but he just couldn’t do it.
He knew that the authorities were going to give him a strict punishment but he didn’t care. He knew they didn’t deserve to die.
The bears were transferred to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre and were named Jordan and Athena. They were later released into the wild.
Casavant, meanwhile, was dismissed form his position.
Watch the entire video below and you can see how the bears were zero threat to anyone.
After spending years fighting his union and employer to return to his job with the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, Casavant has finally found repreieve.
According to the CBC, Casavant filed a petition to the B.C. Supreme Court asking that it force the province and conservation service to restore his employment.
“I just want to go back to work — it’s that simple,” he told the news outlet.
Eventually, the B.C. Court of Appeal, ruled that Casavant was improperly dismissed from his job. The Supreme Court of Canada then dismissed an application by the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union to appeal the B.C. Court of Appeal ruling.
Casavant’s lawyer now says his client is legally entitled to get his old job back with a commensurate salary of $55,000 to $75,000, along with back pay, the CBC reports.
“The process used to take his job was unlawful, so there is no reason not to give him his job back now,” said Arden Beddoes, Casavant’s lawyer.
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