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Bear reported around River Road

Tuesday, April 22, 2014   by: Staff



Calls were received in the River Road and Fournier Avenue areas for a bear roaming around between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

The bear was seen eating apples and garbage left out for pick up.

These animals will continue to frequent urban areas with readily available food supplies like garbage left out overnight.

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itsme29 4/22/2014 8:31:41 AM Report

don't look like he's bothering anyone...just taking a lil break at the picnic table...what's the big deal ;-)
sooperman 4/22/2014 8:53:11 AM Report

just curious why we should report this to crime shoppers, why not the mnr and while on the topic i see a few bear hugging groups have taken the ont gov't to court over the spring hunt
..on a side note baytoday ran David 0's moose letter if hunters would like a chance to comment the section is open
theprotector 4/22/2014 9:00:42 AM Report

shoot it quick shoot it quick
GotRotties 4/22/2014 9:20:43 AM Report

I guess I am one of the tree huggers, it never made sense to me to want to starve bear cubs to death, because that's what the spring bear hunt does. The cubs are too young to make it on their own and their mothers are shot for the pleasure of hunters. People hop on that phone to report seeing animals like bears in their trash, here's a novel idea.... stop being so lazy and put your trash at the curb in the morning instead of sitting it outside 12 hours before necessary. The bears wont come if there isn't anything to eat!
AlwaysAWinner 4/22/2014 9:43:17 AM Report

I love the hypocrisy of animal lovers. you can shoot bears, but not in the spring because its harder for cubs. how are we supposed to take animal rights people seriously if theyre proposing anti-hunting laws for specific seasons. so if I shoot a stupid bear in the head during the summer its fine, but if its in the spring then its a problem? lol what a joke
Lynds 4/22/2014 9:56:38 AM Report

Always A Winner, how is that hard for you to understand? You're quite rude, but I'm sure you realize that. Shooting a mother in the spring is not giving it enough time to let the cub be self-sustainable. In the summer, the cub is probably old enough to take care of itself. I'm sure you'll have something very friendly in response to this. :)
friendlyone24 4/22/2014 10:08:34 AM Report

I also live at Fournier/River.....
no need to shoot anything....we've survived the bears, wolves, coyotes, fox....
the only dangers are from the ones that want to put their garbage out early.
Everything/everyone has had a hard winter.....give them a break.
PS: I bet you run faster when you see a skunk.
AlwaysAWinner 4/22/2014 10:09:55 AM Report

Lynds, so shooting a bear is okay if it doesn't leave a cub unattended? see, if someone really cared about animals, they would want hunting to stop completely, not just for one season. this is why I call them hypocrites
Lynds 4/22/2014 10:17:37 AM Report

Well, I do want the hunt stopped completely, but that is the rationale for the spring bear hunt.
scottstewy123 4/22/2014 11:02:04 AM Report

guestwho 4/22/2014 11:41:45 AM Report

I`m guessing bears come to town not just because there`s food,but because there`s too many bears in the bush,therefore a lack of food and territory.When there was a spring bear hunt,there didn`t seem to be a problem like what`s going on now.
cliff76 4/22/2014 11:59:24 AM Report

Choot em, choot em in da head.
Sam C 4/22/2014 12:00:44 PM Report

Got Rotties... Sows with cubs are NOT to be taken during the Spring hunt.

"The harvest of bear cubs and female bears accompanied by a cub during the early season would be prohibited during this season. Hunters are reminded that they must always be sure of the sex and age of an animal before deciding if it is legal to shoot. More information is available at"

Also, the advice in these articles is boiler plate stuff. I would hardly call the River Rd-Fournier area "urban", and putting your garbage out overnight is just inviting bears to a picnic.

frnlak 4/22/2014 12:02:51 PM Report

The spring bear hunt will only be aloud in large centers like the Soo, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Timmins and North Bay. If you don't like the spring bear hunt and want your kids safe, move to Iron Bridge, Blind River, Thessalon, etc. because there apparently are no bears there to hunt. Dave says so. And he must know or he wouldn't have the job he has.
frnlak 4/22/2014 12:05:13 PM Report

Allowed, sorry spelling cops!
moose23 4/22/2014 12:25:27 PM Report

Here's a "back when" story that applies ... I grew up in Goulais and in the 80s when my parents and neighbours always had the occasional bear walk through are neighbourhood but there was never an issue nor did we call the OPP or MNR... why??? Our parents/neighbours always removed bird feeders and cleaned up seed on the ground (that was always my job), ensured garbage was not left out, ensured any fruit that had fallen from our apple trees was picked up... hmm... that was 30 yrs ago... can't blame the bears, they need to eat so if you provide them with garbage, bird seed, etc. they will be there - SOME FOLKS JUST DON'T GET IT...
justsomeguy 4/22/2014 12:37:06 PM Report

For the anti-hunters, you may not be aware but the revenue generated through large game, small game & migratory bird hunting is responsible for saving habitats and animal populations. Believe it or not hunters generate a lot of revenue for conservation.

theprotector 4/22/2014 12:58:59 PM Report

yep its all about money

easy fix if you shoot a bear and it has cubs then shoot the cubs as well wont have to worry about them starving!

besides not supposed to shoot sows anyways - just bruins and with the way they have been playing....
theprotector 4/22/2014 1:06:36 PM Report

no they dont, the money goes back directly into general rev. There is no habitate protection and management anymore. If the omnr can make money for the gov then they do, nothing goes back except for the gameys
moose23 4/22/2014 1:56:11 PM Report

comments are getting a bit side-tracked so I'll join in...

as of 1995 there was a Special Purpose Account created in Ontario whereby revenue from hunting/fishing licenses would go back into managing wildlife - there is always creative bookkeeping so who knows ...
Sam The Dog 4/22/2014 2:30:01 PM Report

Why bother the Police? Call Bob Barker.
moose23 4/22/2014 2:39:37 PM Report

Re: the Special Purpose Account mentioned above - please see the link below which takes you to the Environmental Registry and the proposed "Sustainability Strategy for the Fish and Wildlife Special Purpose Account, 2014-2019" and provide FEEDBACK WHERE IT COUNTS MOSTS
Sam C 4/22/2014 4:05:19 PM Report

Frnlak... The difference is that people in rural communities don't freak-out every time they see a bear.
Frio 4/22/2014 8:39:29 PM Report

The few bears that appear around the city are a minor distraction compared to the dogs that covered the sidewalks, parks and other open spaces in feces over the winter while their owners didn't think they needed to stoop and scoop. Even more bizarre is dog owners who bagged up the feces and then threw their little bags into the snow to appear as the snow melts. Bears shit in the woods, dogs shit all over public property.
coy 4/22/2014 10:02:42 PM Report

Sam C you are correct, females are prohibited during Spring bear hunt. Responsible hunters/harvesters are quite aware of this restriction. Just an FYI for all those non-harvesters and yes that is what it is called "harvesting" whom do you think is most responsible for wildlife management? You guessed it the harvester. By harvesting animals for food it manages the population so others of that species may carry on. For example, if deer are over populated there is not enough food to sustain them and they have to then compete for food, when competing for food who do you think wins, the older wiser deer, therefore harvesting ensures that the younger animals have plenty of food to sustain themselves as most harvesters take those older wiser deer. Voila! wildlife management at its finest (never mind the MNR)! Oh as for the bear, I have yet to seem him and I have lived around River road for 12 years, I also have apple trees, maybe this year I will get a chance to meet him.
Buddy_Bob 4/23/2014 10:11:21 AM Report

I think I might have read something about this bear in the east end, on Craigslist once.
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