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Media Statement: Spring Bear Hunt

© Geoffrey Kuchera

“Ontario Nature and over 40 other organizations are calling on the Government of Ontario to abandon its proposal to reintroduce the spring bear hunt.

There are no compelling reasons to reinstate the hunt, but there are solid reasons not to. The argument that the spring hunt will reduce human-bear conflicts, often made by proponents of the hunt, has been thoroughly debunked.

To be clear, Ontario Nature is not opposed to hunting if it is conducted in a sustainable and ethical manner. But this is not the case with the spring bear hunt. Most participants are non-residents who hunt by baiting bears, and many are unable to distinguish between males and females. Nursing mothers have been and will continue to be killed, leaving orphaned cubs behind. The government has chosen to ignore public sentiment on this issue.”

– Anne Bell, Director of Conservation and Education
Ontario Nature

For more information or to arrange an interview:

Jaklynn Nimec | Communications Coordinator

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Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. Ontario Nature is a charitable organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters, and 150 member groups across Ontario. Learn more at ontarionature.org.