Canadian zoo fined after taking bear out for ice cream

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A wildlife park has been fined after forgetting to tell police they were taking their bear out for ice cream.

Discovery Wildlife Park in Alberta, Canada, drove Berkley the bear to a Dairy Queen to get ice cream and shared a video of him being fed through a window by the store’s owner.

According to The Canadian Press, the zoo’s permit requires them to alert authorities before moving animals out of the zoo.

The owners of the park, Doug Bos and Debbie Rowland, were charged under the Wildlife Act, and admitted they had been “busy” and made a mistake in not telling the local government about Berkley’s trip.

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In a statement posted on social media, the park said: “The conclusion of the investigation has resulted in us being charged under section 12(3) of the Wildlife Act.

“What we failed to do under this section was to notify Fish & Wildlife ahead of time that we were taking Berkley off-site.

“We have been in operation for over 28 years and this is the first time that we have failed to notify Fish & Wildlife before taking an animal off-site. The Alberta Zoo Standards fall under the Wildlife Act and are very strict and regulated.

“We appreciate that Fish & Wildlife follow these high standards to ensure the best care and well-being of the animals in our care.

“We will pay our fine and have already instituted changes to our protocols and put them into practice to ensure that these notifications are done every time without fail.”

The zoo’s permit is understood to have been revised to include new requirements for the zoo to ask when transporting an animal and to keep them in a cage, crate or kennel during the trip.

Members of the public are also not allowed to have any contact with animals including bears.



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