Canadian conservation officers have euthanized a black bear that ate the remains of a convicted murderer.
British Columbia Environment Minister Terry Lake said Monday the bear’s description matched that of one seen guarding a cache that contained the remains of Rory Wagner, 54. Examinations of fur at the scene as well as teeth and claw marks confirmed the bear that was euthanized is the one that ate the remains.
Lake said the animal was put down because bears remember food sources.
Officials suspect the bear pulled Wagner’s body from his car after he died on a remote logging road.
Wagner pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 1994. He and two others were charged with a killing a man who they believed had sexually assaulted a family member. He served his prison time and was released.
So let me get this straight. A bear, which is after all a carnivore, needs to be euthanized because it ate a dead person? This is even worse than when zoos euthanize animals who attack people who enter their cages.
We tolerate so much human on human violence in this world (note that the “victim” was a murderer who killed someone who sexually assaulted a family member) yet we cannot tolerate a “wild” animal doing what wild animals do. We who murder animals by the millions purely for sport cannot tolerate the fact that a single animal might associate a car with food. To call it a double standard seems too kind.
NickGB pointed me to this example:
A number of Leach detractors wondered why he even shot the bear, and what he did with the meat and skin. Were there any redeeming values to the hunt other than future revenues for the TV show?
Last week, we finally heard from Leach, a guest on 710 ESPN’s Kevin Calabro Show co-hosted by Moore.
The hunter/coach has no bearskin trophy to show for his effort. And no, he didn’t eat what he killed.
“They kept it up there,” he said of the bear’s remains, still in Canada. “I guess it takes about a year to do the hide and all that,” and he expects to hear back about the skin at some point. But since bears are apparently more toxic when they’re so “close to coming out of hibernation,” he said, “I don’t believe they eat them much this time of the year.”
The shoot involved sitting in trees with a cameraman in a forest clearing for more than five hours, he said, indicating the hunt zone was baited with an animal carcass. For hours, Leach “didn’t see anything but a woodpecker. Then he came.”
The 7-foot bear was majestic as it lumbered into view. “I had no way of knowing it would be as big as it was,” said an amazed Leach. He raised his gun. “It was about a 70-yard shot.” And that was that.
Yeah, it’s clearly the bears that are the problem: