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Rescued bear cub doing well

Hudson’s Hope RCMP say a black bear cub rescued in June is thriving at the Northern Light Wildlife Society in Smithers. The cub was found caged on a Farrell Creek property June 9 when RCMP arrested a local man in connection with several thefts.
The Rock and Franklin.
The Rock beside fellow cub Franklin at the Northern Light Wildlife Society in Smithers, B.C., July 18, 2020. The cub was found caged on a property outside Hudson's Hope, B.C. on June 9, 2020, when RCMP arrested a local man in connection with several thefts.(Northern Lights Wildlife Society)

Hudson’s Hope RCMP say a black bear cub rescued in June is thriving at the Northern Light Wildlife Society in Smithers.

The cub was found caged on a Farrell Creek property June 9 when RCMP arrested a local man in connection with several thefts. Detachment commander Cpl. Rob Gardner says the cub, since named The Rock, is doing well and living with 10 other cubs at the sanctuary.

“He’s the biggest bear in the reserve that they have over there," said Gardner. "He’s eating beside another bear the same age. He’s pretty big."

The detachment is working out details with the society to raise funds and put a radio collar on the cub when he's released next year.

Justin Thibault, 25, faces a long list of charges as a result of the seizure, including firearms and possession-of-stolen property charges, dangerous operation of a vehicle, break and enter, and wildlife charges.

The search of the property also found several illegally stored and stolen firearms, seven stolen vehicles including pickup trucks, ATVs, and motorcycles, medical gear, tools, and other items.Thibault is next scheduled to appear in provincial court on Aug. 10.

Meanwhile, an injured fawn that was recently brought into the detachment has died, despite efforts to nurse it back to health at a local wildlife preservation ranch.

RCMP officers do not receive any formal animal training, and Gardner said the RAPP hotline remains the primary resource for the public to report wildlife issues.

The hotline runs 24 hours a day at 1-877-952-RAPP.

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca