Minister should re-introduce Bear Wise
to prevent vigilante actions against bears
TORONTO, Aug. 7, 2015 /CNW/ - Media reports describe a bear shot in Sudbury as a vigilante killing. According to reports, the bear was wounded Wednesday night and found dead Thursday morning.
"Sudbury was part of the government's two year spring hunt pilot study designed to reduce human/bear conflicts," said Liz White, Animal Alliance. "Yet bear complaints to the police have doubled from the previous year. This supports the findings of the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry's own scientists that hunting does not reduce such conflicts."
"This incident demonstrates the pressing need for the Minister to bring back Ontario's Bear Wise programme," said Barry MacKay, Born Free. "Communities that needed help when bears wandered into town could turn to Bear Wise to address human bear interactions and prevent conflict. It was unrivaled in scope. The government decided to kill it and remove most of the related material from the website."
Animal Alliance and Born Free call for an end to the spring hunt and urges the government to reinvest in Bear Wise."
SOURCE Animal Alliance of Canada
For further information: Liz White: 416-462-9541, (w) 416-809-4371 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org; Barry MacKay: 905-472-9731 or email@example.com