This is sport?
October 14, 2011
Re: Bring Back Spring Hunt (below) -- CJ, Oct. 12:
First off, why do
they call it a spring "bear hunt" when it is more likely a bunch of
over-weight wheezers in camos, hand-warmers and MP3 players sitting in a
tree blind baiting the unsuspecting animal to a slop pail that they have so
generously laid out for it.
And this is a sport? If it is, it is akin
to shooting trout in a barrel.
This is not hunting -- it is lazy
entrapment and should be named and banned for what it is!
Government of Ontario wisely outlawed the spring bear hunt, the Ministry of
Natural Resources had prepared a report confirming that over 250 cubs had
been orphaned because of this archaic practice. When bears emerge from
hibernation in mid-spring, lethargic and an easy target for "bear-baiters,"
the cubs born to the mothers are barely three or four months old.
Starving to death for lack of mother's milk is an "externality" that
organizations like the Northwest Ontario Sportsmen's (sic) Alliance either
do not take into account or don't care about.
And I doubt very much
that these bear-baiters, in frenzied anticipation of killing the baited
animal, are going to stop long enough to determine if their "sport" prize is
a male or a lactating female!
Blam-blam, another one bites the dust
and we prove once again our virile ability to triumph over nature and subdue
Perhaps if we stopped encroaching on their habitat and
continuously destroying their food sources, we would not have the dreaded
bear encounters that these "baiters" and their lobbying organizations appear
to fear so much.
Peter Andre Globensky
Bring back spring hunt
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 01:00
Note: This is edited version, with a correction.
BY CARL CLUTCHEY
NORTH SHORE BUREAU
A renewed call by a Thunder
Bay-based hunting group to restore the spring bear hunt appears to be
falling on deaf ears, even as a provincial wildlife technician recovers in
hospital after being mauled by a black bear last week.
The Ministry of
Natural Resources said Tuesday that new measures to combat black bear
attacks are not needed because workers are well-served by existing
"All (field) employees receive the training and we are
confident in that training," ministry spokeswoman Jolanta Kowalski said.
Kowalski said a 24-year-old female ministry employee who was mauled Oct.
4 while working near Armstrong would have received the training.
woman, who's name has not been released, was listed in good condition
Tuesday at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.
Ontario Sportsmen's Alliance (NOSA), which believes restoring the spring
hunt would reduce bear attacks, says the training -- which does not include
firearms -- may not be enough.
"This is the second MNR employee to
experience an attack of this nature in as many years, and NOSA is concerned
that the next one may not be so lucky," NOSA executive director John
Kaplanis said in a news release.
Ministry workers are encouraged to
carry bear spray when venturing into the remote bush, but it's not
Kowalski said details of the Oct. 4 attack are still being
"Our priority right now is to make sure she gets well,"
The ministry maintains that black bear attacks are
rare, noting that only one person has been fatally mauled since the spring
bear hunt was cancelled in favour of a fall hunt in 1999.
in that case was a young female physician from southern Ontario who was
attacked at the remote Missanabie wilderness park near Chapleau.
week's attack has struck a nerve among ministry employees.
bear that attacked (the worker) has now been captured and euthanized, this
attack reminds us that even with our skilled workforce incidents can occur,"
MNR deputy minister David O'Toole said in a staff memo issued last week.
Although there is no scientific evidence to support it -- in part because
attacks were not closely monitored prior to 1999 -- NOSA believes there were
fewer bear encounters when the spring hunt was available.
conducted in Manitoba tells us that harvesting bears in spring removes many
of the same bears that become a problem throughout summer and fall months,"
"Manitoba, as a result of their research, has fended
off attempts by animal rights groups who set out to ban the Manitoba spring
hunt," he added.
Hunting groups say Ontario's spring hunt was cancelled
by the former Tory government, which buckled under pressure from southern
environmentalists who claimed the hunt was creating an excess of orphan bear