Below is an excerpt from the full submission.
“Pacific Wild Alliance is a registered Canadian environmental charity, located in British Columbia. We have over 200,000 supporters. We respectfully make this submission for your review and consideration with a specific focus on the BC Conservation Officer Service’s role as a law enforcement service provider in British Columbia.
According to our records, for over a decade, our organization has heard complaints from members of the public and our own supporters about state-sanctioned killings within their communities. Most notably, the BC Conservation Officer Service’s killing of black bears, grizzly bears, and cougars. Other matters pertaining to the BC Conservation Officer Service’s dealings with members of the public have also been raised.
Following various public flashpoints involving high profile bear killings, and the false arrests of citizens in Port Coquitlam in 2019, Pacific Wild retained Dr. Bryce J. Casavant in 2020 as a policy analyst to correspond directly with the responsible minister for the BC Conservation Officer Service on our behalf.”