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Support for Black Bear Management Pilot

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Support for Black Bear Management Pilot

Here's what people are saying about the black bear management pilot in northern Ontario.


“Of paramount importance to police is the safety of the public. Wild bears entering urban areas create a threat to human safety. Unfortunately, the prevention and awareness programs to date have not resolved the bear issues. Of further concern are incidents in which civilians have discharged firearms when they perceive a threat to their property and personal safety by wild bears. The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service in conjunction with the City of Sault Ste. Marie publicly endorses the bear management pilot program. It is our hope this pilot will help reduce the incidents of nuisance bears and assure the safety of citizens of Sault Ste. Marie and Prince Township.”

Robert Davies

chief of police, Sault Ste. Marie

“The increase in human-bear conflicts in northern municipalities has put local residents at risk and has created safety concerns for police. This new pilot program is a positive step towards addressing this very real problem and represents a clear sign from the province that they have listened to northerners and are serious about improving safety for those who are forced to deal with nuisance bears on a daily basis.”

Paul Cook

chief of police for North Bay, president of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police

“As a mayor and a northerner, I understand the dangers nuisance bears can cause and the public safety issue they create. I wholeheartedly support this pilot project and I am grateful for the government’s leadership on this important issue.”

Tom Laughren

mayor of Timmins

“The increase in nuisance bear incidents in northern communities, including residential neighbourhoods and schools, has put a strain on Ministry of Natural Resources, municipal and police resources. I am fully supportive of this government’s new approach in tackling this important public safety issue.”

Al Spacek

mayor of Kapuskasing, president of the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities

“Everyone wants to do their part to keep our children safe. I’m pleased to see the action being taken to protect all residents, particularly school children, from nuisance bears here in Sault Ste. Marie and in other communities in northern Ontario.”

Lucia Reece

director of education, Algoma District School Board

“We teach children that respect for nature is at the core of our values. However, when it comes to child safety, it is important that we look for ways to balance human-bear interactions over the long term.”

John Stadnyk

director of education, Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board

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