Trial held for owner of Whitehorse properties where bears fed on used cooking oil

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The trial for the owner of two Whitehorse properties where bears fed on jugs of unsecured, used cooking oil, leading to at least three animals needing to be euthanized, was held in territorial court last week.

Michele Palma, a Dawson City resident, and his business, the Dawson Group of Companies, face two counts each under the Yukon’s Wildlife Act of failing to comply with dangerous wildlife protection orders after allegedly failing to clean up a lot in the McRae subdivision as well as the backyard of a nearby home in 2018. 

Conservation officers Aaron Koss-Young and Matthew Hall testified on Sept. 7 and 8 that they responded to a call on July 5, 2018 about a

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