PO Box 13
The North Bay Nugget
259 Worthington St. W.,
North Bay Ontario
July 13, 2004
Re: "Nuisance bears bigger problem than usual this year" The
Nugget, Thursday, July 8th 2004.
You simply cannot stockpile wildlife it is that simple. Make no mistake about
it, Ontario's bear "population density" has clearly exceeded the
carrying capacity of the land and it will get worse, much worse!
Re: J.J Beechie's (MNR) unqualified statement that; "In some areas of
the province, the population has been stable or even dropped. There are about
100,000 bears across the province." When it is necessary to shoot bears
close to Hamilton as was reported in the news last week, I think it is fair to
say that in some areas of the province the bear population has
"increased" dramatically perhaps 100%.
It takes five to six years for female bears to have cubs, so this accounts
for why we have yet to see the real effects of "increased population
density" due to the cancellation of the spring bear hunt. We are now just
entering the period when the numbers of females bearing cubs will begin to
compound upward as the years unfold.
The Nugget reports that; "Last month, the Ontario government announced
it would spend $900,000 on the Bear Wise program to support community based bear
prevention and public education campaigns. Such as buying bear-resistant garbage
containers and landfill fencing.
Such programs have been extremely effective in helping residents deal with
bear problems, said Barry Kent MacKay, director of the Animal Alliance of Canada
Hungry bears invading urban areas in search of something to eat are
"symptoms of problems" due to the spring hunt cancellation. Too many
bears; without an adequate year after year food supply and bears loosing their
fear of man.
Listening to advice championed by (animal-rights experts) like Barry Kent
Mackay from Toronto, the Ontario Government is clearly not addressing the
The problem is hungry bears becoming a nuisance and a threat to man, when
they invade urban space looking for food. How then can any effective solution be
relevant when it includes further cutting off the bear's food supply, by fencing
in landfill sites and buying bear resistant garbage cans?
I'd rather see bears eating garbage in landfill sites than in urban settings
stalking us humans with a hungry look in their eyes and sadly before our
government smartens up it may just come to that.
Former member of OMBAAC,
(Ontario Moose & Bear Allocation Advisory Committee 1997-2003)