Expansion of Black Bear Pilot and Regulation of Bear Baiting

Len Dickinson to OFAH – Zone F

Expansion of Black Bear Pilot and Regulation of Bear Baiting
In 2014, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) introduced a two-year black bear pilot that included a limited early bear hunting season in response to increasing concerns in some northern communities about conflicts with black bears.
The spring black bear hunting pilot has now been extended for five years in all provincial Wildlife Management Units with a fall bear hunt. It will also include non-resident hunters.
Under the expanded pilot, it will still be illegal to shoot cubs and female bears with cubs. In most cases, each licensed hunter will be allowed to hunt one bear in each calendar year. The placement of baits used in the baiting of bears will be regulated during all bear hunting seasons to help reduce the potential conflict with people living and carrying out other recreational activities in nearby areas.
The extension will allow the ministry to gather further information to assess concerns voiced by Ontario’s communities about human-bear conflicts, and to support economic growth and tourism in the north and central parts of the province. The ministry will continue to monitor and evaluate the success of this pilot.