The bill would introduce an open season from April 15th to June 15th.
The re-introduction of the hunt would:
Mauro has indicated that he is open to the introduction of measures that would reduce the likelihood that female bears are killed during a Spring Bear Hunt.
"The re-introduction of the Spring Bear Hunt is something that a lot of Northerners have been calling for â€” to reduce the danger presented by nuisance bears, protect the regionâ€™s moose population, and give the Northâ€™s economy a boost. This issue is becoming more important as time goes on. The growth of the regionâ€™s bear population seems to be resulting in more frequent encounters and attacks by aggressive bears. The debate over the Spring Hunt has not really been about whether we hunt bears in this province â€” Ontario has a Fall Hunt â€” and I donâ€™t think any of the main parties are calling for an end to that. The concern with the Spring Hunt is over the orphaning of cubs. My bill provides the flexibility to introduce measures to protect female bears and their cubs. I hope that we can strike a balance that will bring about the re-introduction of the Hunt, while addressing the concerns that many have about the orphaning of bear cubs. If this bill goes forward, Iâ€™m happy to work with others to help find that balance."
- Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
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