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Groups demand Makoon and another cub released into the wild be recaptured

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WINNIPEG -- The Humane Society of Canada and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs are demanding Manitoba Conservation recapture two bear cubs released back into the wild last week.

Makoon was one of the two cubs released. The Humane Society, First Nations groups and other animal rights organizations have said the bear was too young to be freed and would most certainly die.

Makoon had been living at the Assiniboine Park Zoo since he was found in a ditch by a family in St. Malo in March. The bear became an lightning rod of controversy when conservation announced they planned to release the cub, with thousands of people signing a petition asking the province not to free the bear.

Animal advocates wanted Makoon to go to a sanctuary to grow even more before being released around 18 months of age when they said the cub would be strong enough, but Manitoba Conservation flew the bear to a remote location on June 19 and freed it.

The two groups are also demanding for pictures of the bears’ releases back into the wild.

The Humane Society of Canada and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs are holding a gathering tonight at 6 p.m. at the entrance to the zoo to call on Conservation to search for the bears.

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