Orphaned grizzly killed

The Canadian Press

GRANDE CACHE, Alta.–Concerns are being raised about Alberta’s new policy on rehabilitating orphaned bears after a grizzly cub was killed by wildlife officers this week.
The province lifted a ban on private rehabilitation of cubs last month but it only applies to black bears.
Two women rescued a grizzly bear cub near Grande Cache this week after watching it for five days to see if its mother would return for it.
They went down to the area on Wednesday to check on the bear and found it emaciated, weak, and starving.
“We brought it home and fed it some goat’s milk,” said Brandy Gienger, who is with the Grande Cache Animal Society.
They had two rehabilitation facilities that were willing to take the bear, which they named “Grout,” but provincial wildlife officers showed up Thursday and took the cub away.
Woollard said they were told Friday that the bear has been put down by the officers.
“They just destroyed him,” said Gienger. “I’m devastated. I am absolutely disgusted with this.”
“They didn’t give him a chance at all.”
Officials with the province said in a statement that they tried to find a zoo that would accept the bear under permanent care, but they weren’t able to find one.
“The bear was emaciated, dehydrated, lethargic, and near death and specialists did not believe it would survive,” said the e-mail.
“To limit the bear’s suffering, the bear was euthanized.”
Gienger said the bear was responding well after being fed the goat’s milk.