Ontario launching pilot, letting you hunt bears

Bob Barker among opponents

Ontario is going ahead with a controversial pilot project letting residents in the province hunt bears this spring.

A spokesman for Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti says the pilot starts May 1 and will run for six weeks in eight wildlife areas known for having the most public safety incidents involving the animals.

Andrew Donnachie says the government is trying something new to cut down the number of emergency calls and instances of police forced to shoot nuisance bears after what he called costly and ineffective trap-and-relocation efforts.

Donnachie says the hunt will be strictly not for profit and return again next spring, with further details coming later this month.

Animal rights activists, including former TV host Bob Barker, have slammed the bear hunt plan as unnecessary and barbaric, saying the number of bear encounters varies not with their population but rather the natural food supply.

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has backed the pilot.

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  1. Frankie posted on 04/06/2014 03:42 PM
    Should we be feeding Bob Barker and the animal rights activists to the bears?
  2. john posted on 04/07/2014 01:39 PM
    na that would be inBEARasing to them .
  3. john posted on 04/07/2014 02:57 PM
    i hear bear meat is good i would love to give it a try .
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