Ontario Bear Season Now Open

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The bear hunting season opened August 15th in Northern Ontario, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced.

"I know how important hunting is to Ontario's culture and recognize its contribution to the economy, particularly in the north," said Ramsay. "That's why we have expanded the bear hunt and provided increased hunting opportunities."

As part of a sustainable wildlife management program, in 2004, the government extended the bear hunt by a little over two weeks by setting a consistent closing date of October 31 in the north. In addition, since 2004 resident hunters have been allowed to buy a second bear seal in areas where healthy bear populations can be maintained.

Resident and non-resident hunters are currently harvesting nearly the same number of bears as were harvested ten years ago.

Bear hunters are reminded that a mandatory questionnaire must be completed and mailed to the ministry on or before December 15. This applies to all hunters who purchased a black bear hunting licence, whether they hunted for bear or not.

Additional information about regulations related to the bear hunt is available in the 2007 Hunting Regulations Summary or at http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/mnr/fwmenu.html.