"Bears were exterminated in much of
southern Ontario because they were considered pests, a liability, a danger
that humans could not share the landscape with.
“But now that society values all creatures . . . is it not reasonable to
ask the people of southern Ontario to let bears back into their historical
-John Kaplanis, Thunder Bay
Black bears that once roamed all of Ontario are
now completely extinct in southern Ontario
Environmental Issues in Northern Ontario
Bear Relocation Campaign
Re-introduce Black Bears to Southern Ontario
The Black Bear Re-Introduction
From North Bay to Thunder Bay, on t-shirts, on yard signs, on
highway billboards, in newspapers, and in conversations, a Black Bear
Re-Introduction Campaign is gathering momentum, and attention, in
Ontario and around the world. In the pages listed below you will find a
wide variety of opinions, from the north, from southern Ontario, and
from other countries. Agree or not, I'm sure you'll find it interesting
(First article is the release that
started it all.
Newest articles at the bottom.)
The Animal Alliance of
Canada, the Federation of Ontario Naturalists, the World Wildlife Fund,
Foundation, The Bear Alliance, and all Animal Rights Groups are
invited to join this welcome relocation program to their current programs.
The Campaign looks forward to their enthusiastic support to move beloved
black bears much closer to home.
This section is made available for
information purposes only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of this
information, nor do we necessarily endorse any of the positions taken by
the various writers.
Photos, where indicated, by Jon Sullivan.