International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

November 15, 2013 14:57 ET

Media Advisory: Ontario Liberals to Reinstate Spring Bear Hunt

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 15, 2013) - The Ontario Liberal government has announced a proposal to reinstate the controversial spring bear hunt. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) condemns the move saying that reinstating the controversial spring hunt will do nothing to reduce incidences of human-bear conflict, and will once again leave hundreds of bear cubs orphaned and starving to death.

The cancellation of the spring bear hunt in 1999 did not greatly reduce the number of bears killed in Ontario. Since the cancellation of the spring hunt, over 5,000 bears have been killed annually in an expanded fall-only hunt - more than were being killed when the spring bear hunt existed. However, the number of orphaned cubs reported has dropped dramatically in years since the cancellation, which was the reason to cancel the spring hunt in the first place. Spring is the time of year when female bears are rearing their young.

Mike McIntosh, President of Bear With Us Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Centre for Bears is available for comment on this story.

Contact Information

  • Michael McIntosh
    President
    Bear With Us Sanctuary and Rehabilitation Centre for Bears
    Office: 705-685-7830
    Cell: 705-571-4397
    bearhelp@surenet.net

    Media Contact:
    Michelle Cliffe
    mcliffe@ifaw.org