Grow-op bears have ally in Calgarian

The fate of bears discovered by police after raiding a southern B.C. marijuana grow-op has prompted a Calgary woman to take action.

The fate of bears discovered by police after raiding a southern B.C. marijuana grow-op has prompted a Calgary woman to take action.

Upwards of 15 bears of all ages were found happily roaming the property in the community of Christina Lake, with their tummies full of human-provided dog food.

The B.C. environment ministry has said if the animals can’t learn to find food in the wild now, they will have to be exterminated.

Calgarian Doreen McCrindle has started a Facebook group and online petition titled “Save Bears Found in Drug Bust.”

It has garnered more than 700 signatures from as far as China and Australia in less than two days.

McCrindle says she believes the B.C. government is taking the cheapest way out, rather than being proactive and providing temporary feeding stations to help the bears readjust to the wild.