Ontario holding public consultation on making spring bear hunt permanent

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TORONTO — The Ontario government is launching a public consultation on making the province’s spring black bear hunt a permanent event.

The annual hunt was suspended for 15 years in 1999, but reinstated in 2014 by the then-Liberal government as a pilot project.

The Progressive Conservatives say removing the pilot project status and making it a fixed annual event would benefit the tourism sector.

Natural Resources Minister John Yakabuski says the black bear population is stable, and any animal protections for recent spring hunts would remain in place.

A prominent hunting organization praised the government’s proposed changes, while animal rights activists decried the move as a backwards step.

Members of the public can submit feedback on the Environmental Registry of Ontario until Feb. 18.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 17, 2020.




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  1. A lot of big city dwellers get all upset about this sort of thing. But if done responsibly, I can’t imagine what is wrong with it. If people use the meat for sustenance, no problem. The only kind of hunting I have a problem with is that which is done purely for “fun” where the animal is killed and wasted rather than used.

    • Paul Bulas I agree 100% hunting is used for conservation purposes all over the world, too. I mean, the alternative is to let bears make their way into the city where they are both a threat and a nuisance which results in the bear being euthanized. I don’t see how that’s better than hunting.

  2. I just had this funny (to me) thought. Imagine if bears thought this way about humans. Well hunny, the humans seem to be taking over more of our area, I think it’s time we start eating some to reduce their population. Anyway, it just popped in my head…. carry on lol

    • Or how about allllllll that empty land all over Northern Ontario that is uninhabited …….how about humane trapping and relocation. Nope first thing people want to do is kill them when it is us that has taken over their domain…..sick and sad. Also, why spring when the cubs need their mother the most? WTF is wrong with you people. What sneak into their caves while they are sleeping and murder them all? Bunch of rednecks.

    • Only allowed to hunt the males in the spring and they attempted to trap and relocate them for many many years and they had bears that were ear tagged, return to an area multiple times after being moved over 300km away. Before you talk, you should do your research.

    • Pamela Bell if man would stop plowing down habitats, stop baiting them while sitting in a tree to kill them, and so many other things,we can all live together, man eats everything lives everywhere and is destroying this planet we share it, we don’t own it. we have no right to kill anything to further our agendas

    • I would rather a hunter shoot and kill a bear and use the meat to feed his family as opposed to having a police officer shoot a “nuisance bear”, in a neighborhood because everyone can’t just put their phones away and leave the damn thing alone instead of having to live feed it to their instagram, and then it winds up in a dump.

      Ya, everyone just stop building new houses and inhabiting new property…see how that works for you. Smdh

  3. I’m pro hunting. It’s more ethical and sustainable than any form of factory farming. Plus if we’re facing an overpopulation of bears, a responsible bear hunt can definitely be used as an act of conservation.

    • Ryan Gagne bears are pests, or are we driving them out their habitat? I’m also pro-hunting, but bears were here first. A true hunter realizes they are just living as they should, and respects nature. And by living as they should, bears forage for food, that’s how they were made. It’s not their fault we encroach their habitats.

    • Kathleen Running And that’s what it is- regulated, monitored, and carefully counted. They don’t just let everyone and their dog go hunting- the number of tags per Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) is carefully calculated. Those hunt tags go to actually support the MNR, and provide a revenue stream, which allows for greater monitoring and care for threatened ecologies.

    • Both, Kathleen! Many crops are ruined by bears every year. It’s an unfortunate situation, but bears have a very healthy population, all the food they can eat, and no natural predators. An absence of regulated hunting would be an oversight in my opinion.

      This isn’t a matter of respect. I hunt deer for food, not for trophy, and nothing of what I tag goes to waste. I also use a tree stand, so all deaths are quick and painless being so close and all. This type of respect would apply to bears as well!

  4. Predators are a big problem as of late and it’s not just bears. They need to have the same rules for wolves and coyotes everywhere as it is on St. Joseph Island. You should never need to buy tags to cull these overpopulated species that are wiping out moose and deer herds as well as the eggs of many game birds. As if the over harvesting of game and fish by those that can hunt and fish whenever they want with no limits isn’t bad enough. These people care not about us or their future generations.

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