Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

November 04, 2013 10:38 ET

Legislature's Approval of Bear Motion Disappointing

Committee "study" of problem not a solution to problem bears

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 4, 2013) - The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is disappointed that a motion to address problem bears by Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP John Vanthof was approved by the Ontario Legislature on Thursday October 31, 2013.

"What we need is action in the form of a return of a spring bear season to properly manage bear populations, not another committee to waste time and money repeating what has already been done," said OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo.

Ontario's spring bear hunt helped to reduce dangerous encounters between people and bears. The spring hunt provided benefits to society and reduced costs associated with problem bears. It was an excellent example of science based wildlife management where the benefits from a renewable natural resource were being maximized and the costs to people and society were minimized.

"In 2005, the Legislature unanimously passed a motion on nuisance bears in recognition of the fact that human/bear interactions were occurring, and that the province needed to take action to address that threat to public safety," said Lombardo. "Unfortunately nothing of consequence came as a result of that motion and we find ourselves in the same situation today. The OFAH is pleased to support in principle the recent introduction of Bill 114 by Thunder Bay-Atikokan Liberal MP Bill Mauro, which would see a spring bear hunt returned to Ontario. Passage of that bill will finally provide a solution to a problem that no amount of further study will achieve."

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 710 member clubs, the OFAH is the province's largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization, and the VOICE of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact: Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Dr. Terry Quinney
    Provincial Manager of Fish & Wildlife Services
    705-748-6324 ext 242

    Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Shannon Gutoskie
    Manager of Communications
    705-748-6324 ext 270