"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 range?�
-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 Campaign
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 and entertaining.
(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, the Schad 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.