Ontario government likely to lose in controversial decision to reintroduce spring bear hunt

After 11 months at the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, Ontario, an orphaned black bear is released back into the Quebec wilderness on July 7, 2004

In what is likely to be a losing attempt to win rural votes in northern Ontario, the Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne has quietly announced a proposal to allow municipalities to re-instate the controversial spring bear hunt for a trial 2-year period.

The government claims that allowing hunters to kill bears in the spring will be an “effective response to nuisance bear issues in the north.”

Such a statement contradicts all available scientific evidence, including that from the Ministry’s own wildlife biologists and the Nuisance Bear Review Committee, who note that reports of nuisance bear are linked to food supply, not population size or hunting seasons.

Ontario is home to an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 black bears. The spring bear hunt was cancelled in 1999, after staff from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) revealed that over 270 bear cubs were orphaned each year and left to starve to death as a direct result of the hunt.

 

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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