The Humane Society of Canada is asking for your help to save the life of "Makoon," a 30 pound male orphaned black bear cub and his companion, a second bear cub, who was never even given a name. Defying common sense and science, regrettably, earlier today, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger accepted what is in our view, very poor advice from his wildlife biologists and released not only “Makoon”, but also a second bear cub, this one only six months old, into the wild to fend for themselves.

Imagine releasing two terrified bear cubs, unable to defend themselves, into the wilderness, without food or shelter, to a short lived cruel existence.  In doing so, the Premier has also triggered serious collective and individual potential liabilities for his government under wildlife and cruelty to animal laws which means  accountability and consequences for those involved.

With over four decades of experience across Canada and around the world in dealing with bears, The Humane Society of Canada has in the past provided support for a well known bear sanctuary called Bear With Us which is the best place for both bear cubs, here they can spend the next 18 to 19 months under the careful supervision of bear rehabilitation experts who can gradually reintroduce "Makoon" and his friend back into the wild where he belongs and Bear With Us have already agreed to care for him.

Please sign our petition to ask Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger to reconsider his decision before anything bad happens to the two bear cubs and immediately recapture "Makoon" and his friend and send them to the Bear With Us Sanctuary where they can give them a fighting chance for survival. Please tell as many of your friends and family about this and urge them to sign; and if you have the time, please write a polite respectful letter to Premier Selinger asking to spare "Makoon's" life and that of his friend.

To download a printable flyer to promote our campaign please click here.

Contact Greg Selinger at:

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Phone: 204-945-3714
Fax: 204-949-1484

204 Legislative Building
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Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V8

CONTACT: Michael O'Sullivan toll free at 1-800-641-KIND or on his cell phone (416) 876-9685 or, via twitter at and on Facebook at:

[For more than 17 years, Al Hickey was the Chief Executive of the BC SPCA and before that headed up the Alberta and BC Chambers of Commerce, and was the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver. He has been The HSC Western Regional Director for over 12 years. He has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. For his lifetime of achievement dedicated to helping people, animals and the environment, we have bestowed upon him our prestigious Heroes for Animals Award, shared by only a handful of people and organizations.

A father with two children, and a houseful of dogs and cats, Michael O'Sullivan has worked across Canada and in over 110 countries during the last 40 years helping people, animals and nature.]

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