Nuisance Bear Review Committee Seeks Comments

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The Nuisance Bear Review Committee, appointed by Natural Resources Minister Jerry Ouellette, is seeking written submissions from the public on all aspects of nuisance bear management.

Since beginning work in November 2002, the committee has released its terms of reference and has worked with Ministry of Natural Resources staff on the topic of black bear biology and other issues related to the nuisance bear problem in Ontario.

"Now it is important that we hear from the public on this very important initiative," said Committee Chair Royal Poulin. "The committee will conduct a thorough review of all the public submissions we receive and will offer our considered advice to the minister."

The committee is mandated to review the biology, literature, and geographic and socio-economic factors related to nuisance bear problems in Ontario. In addition, it is looking at the effects on municipalities and comparing the effects of bear harvesting from jurisdictions across Canada and the United States.

Interested members of the public can send written submissions to the committee until March 31, 2003. Further information about the Committee is available at nuisancebear.mnr.gov.on.ca. Comments can be sent to Royal Poulin, Chair, Nuisance Bear Review Committee, 3rd Floor North Tower, 300 Water St., Peterborough, Ontario, K9J 8M5, or by e-mail to nuisancebear@mnr.gov.on.ca.

In addition to Chair Royal Poulin, the committee members include Glenn Witherspoon, Mayor of Fort Frances; John Knight, Professor, Wildlife Department, Sir Sandford Fleming College; and Dr. Martyn Obbard, Ministry of Natural Resources, nationally renowned bear biologist.