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Support for spring bear project

Monday, April 28, 2014   by: Staff



FONOM supports government’s spring bear pilot project

The Ontario provincial government’s spring bear pilot project is the right choice for Northern Ontario.

Managing the bear population to ensure there is minimal interaction with residential areas is a safety concern for both human and wildlife populations.

FONOM member communities have seen a high number of incidents where bears have been attracted to developed areas, and its members know firsthand the serious danger that exists with encounters between humans and wildlife.

Maintaining a healthy distance between the populations is important, and a limited spring bear hunt is an efficient system of management.

“Other projects have been tried in the past, but the expense didn’t justify the level of success attained,” said Al Spacek, president of FONOM and mayor of Kapuskasing.

“This pilot project shows the government has been considering this issue in detail, and is committed to the best overall solution for all involved.”

While the pilot project is currently facing a legal challenge from animal rights groups, Spacek is confident that an unbiased review of the matter should see the project proceed without delay.

“It is understandably difficult for people far removed from the daily life in Northern Ontario to appreciate it, but calling this a nuisance bear problem minimizes the potential danger. A bear in a residential area isn’t a pest, it’s a serious concern.”

Allowing bear populations to become established in close proximity to populated areas can alter wildlife habits and instincts, making this an issue for the animals as well.

It is in their best interests to ensure they do not become accustomed to living in close proximity to humans and with ready access to human food.

FONOM will be following the results of the two-year pilot project, and hopes it proves to be successful in maintaining a barrier between wildlife and the many long-established communities of Northern Ontario.


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highway1 4/28/2014 10:35:57 AM Report

Racist response against FNs in 3..2...
Alison SlapNuTShot 4/28/2014 11:11:43 AM Report

we need better bear management. PERIOD.
theprotector 4/28/2014 11:14:11 AM Report

IgnorantNortherner 4/28/2014 11:15:56 AM Report

...just because hunting is mentioned, highway? I don't get it. Is Spacek FN? He seems like douchebag from what I've read of him before (not so much here)...

...but again, why can't everyone just come out and say "we're hunting bear in an effort to boost moose populations"?

Have black bears really started killing people lately? That's what's implied with the rhetoric and appeal to emotion the politicians are using with this bear hunt.
We've done nothing to discourage them with the landfill basically in town and not bear-proofing anything...and yet I've heard of no one losing their life to a black bear -- not just recently, but like, ever.

You're more likely to drown or be murdered with a hammer or accidentally killed by police or struck by lightning.

Maybe we should get rid of water and hammers and police and lightning to make alison nutshot and co feel safe.
Pakadeva 4/28/2014 11:45:39 AM Report

I agree with the hunt. Just last year a man & his dog attacked in Timmins area, the dog was killed, man was badly maimed in my opinion, when you end up with 2-300 stitches. IF that man had been a child outside with the dog, that child would be dead. And yes, 2 Doctors were camping up north somewhere, near Wawa I believe, a few years ago, a black bear attacked them in their tent, the woman died, the man survived. They had 3 small children, leaving this young Dr. widowed & 3 small children, all devastated for the rest of their lives, they DO attack & WILL kill if not able to fight them off.
ThinkAgain 4/28/2014 12:10:19 PM Report

they need to introduce a bear identification course for $200.00 just like they did for turkeys
Mike58 4/28/2014 12:33:47 PM Report

To IgnorantNortherner

You certainly have a perfect handle!!!

Read "Black bear kills woman camper north of Chapleau, Ont." Posted on CBC news Sept.07, 2005. There was a complete tv show on this. This woman didn't deserve to die. Bears who have no fear of humans, will and are certainly powerful enough to prey on humans. In white river area, I know of a case where a family was having a picnic at a roadside rest area, when a bear came at them. They were retreating to the safety of their vehicle when an OPP saw what was happening. The officer put on the siren. The bear retreated, but only to the edge of the bush. They thanked the officer, picked up their stuff and left. Police are seeing a lot more bears now, than moose on our highways! Hungry bears will do whatever it takes to eat. The cute cuddly teddy bear you give your kids, is not the same bear!
IgnorantNortherner 4/28/2014 12:43:22 PM Report

@Paka, Mike right you are...
Mike, there are few people that 'deserve to die' but if you're camping for days in Chapleau or similar area without a gun or other protection I'd say you're ignore-ant and asking for trouble.

One death over the last twenty years
Ten deaths over 130+ years.

Dogs kill a lot more people every year.
Moose are more likely to attack you.
You're millions of times more likely to die in your car or from alcohol poisoning or "complications" with prescription meds.

I think you're more likely to die via volcano even though I can't find any recent (ie. any) deaths in North America...just extrapolating for future Yellowstone events.
IgnorantNortherner 4/28/2014 12:48:04 PM Report

...and again, I'm FINE with the hunt...

...but it has NOTHING to do with saving lives and some of you guys are eating it up their BS.
bounder 4/28/2014 4:49:20 PM Report

Let's not forget the teens that were killed in Petawawa a few years ago ,this was before the cancelled hunt.
I'm for the hunt, just waiting for the go ahead.
Mike58 4/28/2014 8:34:03 PM Report

Here's a question for all you sleuths. Is it legal to carry a non-restricted firearm in Ontario during the summer for protection when vacationing in the backwoods?
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