Nuisance Bear Review Report Released

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Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay today released the Nuisance Bear Review Committee report, which was commissioned last year by the former Tory government.

"The taxpayers of Ontario paid for this report and it’s essential that they have a chance to review the findings," said Ramsay. "Posting a report that the former government chose not to release when they received it more than two months ago underscores the McGuinty Government’s commitment to deliver open and accountable government to the people of Ontario."

The report makes recommendations about bear harvest practices and nuisance bear management. A key finding of the report is that the committee could find no evidence of a scientific link between nuisance bear activity and the Tories’ cancellation of the spring bear hunt.

Ramsay noted that the Ministry of Natural Resources is considering the report and added that the government’s response to the recommendations will be issued in the near future.

The nuisance bear review committee was appointed in September 2002 to review the biology, literature, and geographic and socio-economic factors related to nuisance bear problems in Ontario. To view the report of the nuisance bear review committee, visit the ministry’s web site at http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/mnr/ebr/nbrc/index.html.