Episode 42 – Return of the Ontario Spring Black Bear Hunt with Dr. Keith Munro

Mar 15, 2021Podcast

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Episode 42 – Return of the Ontario Spring Black Bear Hunting with Dr. Keith Munro

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In this episode Mark and Curtis are joined by Dr. Keith Munro, wildlife biologist with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. In 1999, the Ontario government banned the spring black bear hunt. The guys discuss why the ban occurred, the mis-information campaign around orphaned cubs, the controversy around how the cub numbers were presented and how this had an impact on the politics of the hunt. Dr. Munro talks about the social and economic impacts caused by the loss of the spring hunt particularly in Northern Ontario, how hunting was the entity that gave black bears social value and how the loss of the spring hunt precipitated less tolerance for black bears. Dr. Munro then walks through the long history of how the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters worked to get a pilot hunt and eventually the full reinstatement of the spring bear hunt. Learn what and who was doing black bear research to support the return of the hunt and the types of messages the Federation was presenting to elected officials. Finally, learn what key steps hunters should be taking to prevent another province or territory from losing black bear hunting. Within in this episode lies the road map to bringing back the grizzly hunt in British Columbia. As well, catch up on some Eastern wild turkey talk and wobbly deer antlers.

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The wobbly deer

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