Manitoba Conservation charged a Winnipeg resident who had found an orphaned black bear cub in the Lac du Bonnet region and took it home with them last month.
On April 27, at approximately 9 p.m. a concerned citizen contacted the TIP line to report an individual was in possession of a black bear cub. A conservation officer from the Lac du Bonnet district office immediately contacted the individual in possession of the bear to arrange retrieval, but the individual did not show up or respond to numerous attempts to contact. The officer made numerous attempts to contact the individual that evening and the next morning to try to retrieve the bear.
At approximately 5 p.m. April 28, the individual called the TIP line requesting someone retrieve the bear from his residence in Winnipeg, where he had kept it overnight. Staff from Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development retrieved the bear immediately and transported it to Black Bear Rescue Manitoba.
On May 2, the individual was charged under section 45 of the Wildlife Act with possessing a live animal when not permitted.
If a person encounters wildlife that appears sick, injured or orphaned, they should contact a conservation officer in the local district office or call the toll-free TIP line at 1-800-782-0076 and a conservation officer will determine the best course of action for the situation.