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2014-02-27 at 09:18

Former Price is Right host Bob Barker joins fight against spring bear hunt

By tbnewswatch.com

Former Price is Right game show host Bob Barker says the price of spring bear hunt is just too high.

The American TV icon enters the debate surrounding a renewed spring bear hunt in Ontario shortly after the Ministry of Natural Resources opened the pilot project up to public comment.

Barker is issuing a plea to Premier Kathleen Wynne and her cabinet to stop the proposed hunt.

“I am appalled to think of the bears being killed and the (orphaned) cubs being allowed to starve to death,” he said during a telephone interview with TBT News Wednesday afternoon. “How uncivilized can something be?”

Barker is a longtime animal rights advocate who was well known for his message to Price is Rights viewers encouraging them to help control the pet population by having their pets spay or neutered.

Following his departure from the show, Barker made headlines in Canada when he aimed his lobby efforts toward the Toronto Zoo, arguing that the climate of that zoo made it a poor home for its elephants.

Now Barker is calling on Ontario residents to petition the government to stop the return of the spring bear hunt, which was cancelled in 1999. Barker joined the lobby efforts against the spring bear hunt after being contacted by officials from Zoocheck Canada.

“This solution is totally unacceptable,” Barker said, responding to concerns that bear and human confrontations were on the rise in the absence of a spring hunt.

“Let me point out that the Ministry’s own bear biologist has indicated the the number of human to bear interactions has not increased since the spring bear hunt was cancelled in 1999.”

Barker added that if nuisance bears are becoming a problem in Northern Ontario, than the MNR should instead focus its efforts on issuing fines to residents who continue to leave food sources outside of their homes, like garbage and dirty barbecues.

Meanwhile Ontario’s Natural Resources Minister David Orazietti disputes Barker's claims and said he doesn't know where the California resident is getting his facts.

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eddylives says:
I have one question for all the anti hunting animal lovers out there.....
How many of you would allow yourselves , a loved one , a friend or a stranger die so that an animal could live?
2/28/2014 10:35:28 PM
rekd65 says:
We are saved. Bob barker has taken it upon himself to bear the white Americans’ burden of saving the backward Canadians/northern Ontarian’s from themselves. Between him and Barry Kent MacKay of Born Free USA we will be saved and all will be well. One of whom is from Washington DC and the other from Hollywood California. What a relief I don’t have to decide what I should eat, I don’t have to make these decisions anymore.
You/I make a lot of decisions every day. Some are more important that others, some are personal, some not so much. One of these decisions is what to eat. It is personal to me. As what you consume is likely so to you. What I eat is very personal to me, why though I wonder is it so much so to you? Why is the decision as to what I eat up to you?
I ask you what type of foods should I eat? organic? Or not? Should I eat from industrial farms, mono-cultured fields, and chemical laden soils? Soils and lands nourished by chemicals and leached by waters which do not reach the sea?? Foods preportioned and prepackaged servings in plastics and Styrofoam.
We say we know which diet is better for us, for the environment…, natural, organic, 100 mile. Are they words to live by??? Or platitudes to soothe our souls while we rape the world…. Do you know?
Are insects revolting or a good source of protein? Are seals Cute or edible? Are dogs and cats edible? Or only in Asia, where those folks are of course wrong??? Because you decided? Who decided?
The SBH. The Spring Bear Hunt raises all of these questions however none of the answers I feel have been given the airing they deserve.
It has been said that I am wrong, that I am cruel, a Luddite to eat wild meats, a nethanderal, because I do not embrace your beliefs. Because I choose; and some would say have the courage, to know my food, to in some cases confront it, look it in the eye. I know what my food is, what it eats, what it is. My relationship to what I call food is spiritual in many cases, weather I take it from the ground as berries or vegetables or kill it. I have a relationship with it. Far beyond the air miles I may get for its purchase.
So you can say I am cruel, maybe I am. I do my own killing, I don’t ask you to do it for me, I don’t ask you to put my food in pretty packages. Disguise it so I don’t see what it is, the death of something so that I may live.
The SBH has been embraced as an example of the crudeness of the backwoods type of people in northern Ontario, and as the slaughter of the innocent creatures causing immeasurable suffering starvation and according to some maybe even global warming.
I would like to lay out some facts regarding the SBH. One it is not a slaughter, it is a controlled regulated activity, very regulated. More regulated than the slaughter of deer, moose, mice, bird’s rabbits, you kill every day when we you drive... Build your shopping malls, factory farms etc. etc.
The animals that are legally taken are male, a very, very small percentage are female. It is highly illegal to take a female. Moreover the range these bears are taken at is close enough that identification is not difficult; bears do not wear pants. Not at least like the Hollywood bears Bobby Barker knows so well. The reason bears are hunted in the spring is that the amount of fat in the meat is minimal, it has been used up during hibernation; they are certainly not for trophies. Their weight is down, the hide is not good, so as a trophy they are not desirable; it is meat that they are taken for. Organic meat, naturally grown meat, naturally taken meat, not a bit of Styrofoam to be seen.
2/28/2014 4:44:35 PM
ecostatik says:
I am a hunter, I eat what I kill, I carry something that us hunters call "hunting ethics" (and yes I know the irony of associating ethics with killing). However, hunting bears in the spring is wrong, babies are orphaned, I used to see them all the time during the spring hunt years. Wait until fall just like the rest of us. Baiting is cheating as well, plus I hat going to my favourite spring fishing spots only to see bear tracks everywhere because some idiots been dumping doughnuts right beside a trail all year. Bears don't have antlers, so its difficult to tell the difference between a male and female. Its like saying that you goose hunt "but only the females" what an idiotic agruement. Most bear hunters I know DO NOT eat the meat. All year people I know, work with, or friends of friends, ask me often, if I want some free bear meat. The requests get more persistent before the season opens again. A proud member of OFAH, I am embarrassed of bear hunters by their reputation.
2/28/2014 4:43:27 PM
jrsinmurillo says:
Just my 0.02: I live in the country and we do not keep our garbage out, or leave the BBQ all gross. We have have had maybe a couple of bears in our yard over the years we have been there.
I have tried arguing against hunting using logical, well-researched, FACT-based information and gotten nowhere with people who simply want to hunt.
2/28/2014 9:57:25 AM
elizabeth says:
Let's just leave the wild animals alone. Plan and simple!!
2/28/2014 8:31:58 AM
lori says:
wow, only someone with the monicker PC could say it was the Liberals with money who forced Mike Harris to cancel the spring hunt. For all those folks who are against this. We hunt bears in Canada. Every province hunts bears. We are just hunting them a wee bit more. How come no one cares about the moose calf that is shot. Because a bear cub is cute, just like seal pups. man has been hunting animals for a long long time. It was not long ago people raised their own chicken and beef.

If you want to have a larger debate about the ethical treatment of all animals, I'm game for that. But if there are 30,000 more bears in the forest because we stopped hunting them in the spring, does it not seem logical that there will be more bear human interactions.

Have someone be killed or seriously injured by a bear in town. Then watch the screaming commence from those opposed right now.
2/28/2014 12:04:40 AM
pc says:
Lori, since you always seem to object to my pc monicker it really should be pic but I didn't like the look of that.
It stands in part for politically incorrect.
I hunt bears I camp out in the bush and when on my little gas powered mini bike on the back roads I have gun mounts so always have a shotgun, and a camera.
And yes it was the libs and money behind them that forced the spring bear hunt. Have it from Mike Harris and a few liberals who bragged about it.
I also told a neighbour in town that if she had a bear trying to get into her house at midnight to give me a call and I would get the bear. I was kidding since it is illegal to shoot in town unless the bear is attacking your own child. If a neighbour child is being attacked I would be prosecuted.
So please get over the name thing, it is getting old.
2/28/2014 11:34:39 AM
livewire says:
Bob should mind his own business and keep his opinion in the states. He should use his breath (what's left of it )to control the gun problems in his back yard!
2/27/2014 8:47:10 PM
Winger says:
theres no such thing as a gun problem.

there is only people problems. Guns are incapable of creating a problem. It takes a criminal to make a problem.

When a person drives drunk, do you blame the car? When you make a spelling mistake, do you blame the pen?

so don't blame a gun for a criminal act.
2/28/2014 8:12:29 AM
brooky says:
I spend plenty of time in the outdoors and have had many encounters with bears. I am cautious, but not afraid of them. Reinstating the spring bear hunt for safety concerns is just wrong. Sure it should be brought back. But for economic reasons. They are a renewable resource that tourists will pay big bucks for. So let's sell them!
2/27/2014 7:12:19 PM
loring says:
My Uncle Walter goes waltzing at night! He goes wa-wa-wa-wa, wa-waltzing with bears, Raggy bears, shaggy bears, baggy bears too.

seemus kennedy
2/27/2014 4:12:47 PM
ring of fire dude says:
Hmmmm . I wonder if the Hobbs junket brought this up with the Minister of Natural Resources when they met or was their trip a pathetic plea for cash for so they can have their legacy projects ?
2/27/2014 3:30:31 PM
MurilloMom says:
Come on down Bob Barker, and spend a summer in my back yard in Murillo .. ALWAYS on the alert for bears, dogs fenced in, no feeding the little birdies, deer population dwindling because the bears ate the fawns ..
Walk a mile in our shoes, and THEN make your STATEMENT, that is if you can out run a Sow !!
2/27/2014 3:30:29 PM
det john kimble says:
deer population dwindling?
I mean really!
come on down to mission island where people are feeding them piles and piles of apples , and export a few of them to murillo LOL!!!
2/28/2014 11:22:27 AM
unknowncronik says:
I'm sure they KILL spiders in Darrington, WA where Bob Barker was born & he is ok with killing the poisonous spiders because they may get into your house & bite you, yet the over population of bears that kill anything in NWO is the exact same thing because they may attack & or get into your home also, but Bob is against this type of hunt??
"Darrington, WA spider control is essential for modern homeowners and renters because a wide range of hazards are associated with a bite"
2/27/2014 3:20:45 PM
Ranma says:
And like I said in a previous post, the morons who have no idea of what life is like up here, are starting to make their opinion heard.
2/27/2014 11:48:09 AM
woofwoof says:
I am sure many bears did not make it through this winter. Maybe wait and see before we bring back the hunt.
2/27/2014 11:37:25 AM
over60 says:
Fear of nature seems to be a driving force when dealing with any animals and killing is not the answer. People make it sound like thousands of bears are lining up and waiting for humans to appear, this is complete nonsense. Of course, there are encounters, humans go everywhere and there will be problems with some of those encounters but lets not blow it completely out of proportion. This Spring Bear Hunt was brought to light again for money and votes.
2/27/2014 11:34:24 AM
pc says:
from what I recall from past elections, it was the money behind the liberals that forced Mike Harris to shut down the spring bear hunt.
Now it is the liberals and the money behind them that want to bring it back.
Wish those libs could and would make up their minds.
I forgot. they can't because they are liberals.
2/27/2014 9:38:34 PM
SVoss says:
I think I'd like to invite Bob Barker to come stay at my mom's house this spring. She gets a lot of bears and they are virtually impervious to any methods of scaring them off. A guy down the road had one break through a door and end up in his basement. Ever tried to get a bear out of a basement, Bob? Bob maybe thinks we're next door to Toronto and those guys down there who say there isn't an increase in human-bear interaction.
2/27/2014 11:17:34 AM
dockboy says:
"Help control the bear population, have your bear spay or neutered."
2/27/2014 11:14:54 AM
sd says:
Everyone commenting on Bob Barker's opinion being useless because of where he lives I have a question for you.
Have you ever had an opinion on a matter taking place somewhere else in the world?
Perhaps he has researched the topic, or perhaps he just has concerns. I do not know enough about the subject to form an opinion and will not spout off wildly. But you should stop criticizing others for their opinions just because you think that their views are less important than your own
2/27/2014 10:55:42 AM
pc says:
of course who doesn't.
BUT most people do not spend mega bucks and use their celebrity status on convincing others to agree with them.
I for one am tired of American's gov. celebrities coming to my country and telling me that what I do is wrong, unethical, bad for everything under the sun.
Fix your own backyard and let me live in mine.
2/27/2014 9:19:24 PM
chezhank says:
As I wrote to the EBR,I asked why is Elliot Lake not included in this proposed trial spring bear hunt.
Because the council there adopted and enforce in their by-laws a Bear Wise program.Similar to what Mr. Baker advocates.
Maybe that is the legislation that needs to be passed instead.
2/27/2014 10:27:32 AM
mnr says:
The orphaned cub issue is an appeal to emotion by the anti-hunting crowd to help further their overall agenda. I will agree with Bob though in that I am also appalled to think of the bears being killed and the (orphaned) cubs being allowed to starve to death, unfortunately I don't think this is reality.

No ethical hunter would intentionally take a mother with cubs, and I question how often something like this even happens by accident. It has been my experience while sitting in my tree stand (during the fall time at least) that often cubs will come in first followed shortly thereafter by the sow.
2/27/2014 10:10:52 AM
moonpie says:
Ethical hunter, now there's a larf. Ethical is defined as " moral, upright, honest, righteous, virtuous, honorable". Which of these words would you choose to describe people who kill animals? Are animal abusers ethical? I know, I know, you hunters will come up with all sorts of ways to twist and spin it to make yourselves sound righteous, but the bottom line is there are no ethics when it comes to killing something. Sorry if you don't like it but it is what it is.
2/27/2014 11:00:01 AM
mnr says:
Your ad hominem retort comparing hunters to animal abusers has really opened my eyes to your point of view. From this point forward I will pretend meat from the grocery store didn't involve an animal dying, and only eat animals given the finest medical care money can buy (all the antibiotics and hormones they could ever want!), as well as being blessed with being surrounded for its entire life by friends & family in close proximity. It definitely seems like an unethical choice to go out hunting to have a chance at humanely harvesting an animal that has lived a free life in its natural environment.
2/27/2014 12:39:27 PM
tiredofit says:
So you don't eat meat, you don't wear any items related to any animal of any type? Please clarify? I'm neither for nor against, I find them a annoying in my back yard out in the rural area, sure, but they generally go away.

You seem to be holier than thou on this topic and you should really clarify the questions I ask of you. I would tend to agree, most ethical hunters won't take a female bear. The ones that are unethical, are going to do it regardless, be it in the spring or fall.

So to quote you "you will come up with all sorts of ways to twist and spin it to make yourself sound righteous".... just saying.....
2/27/2014 12:52:44 PM
moonpie says:
"So you don't eat meat, you don't wear any items related to any animal of any type?"

Right. Is that so hard to believe in this day and age of healthy eating and synthetic material? What do they even make out of animal hide these days, leather jackets, belts and fur coats? Those were fashion trends from decades ago. Society has come a long way, health-wise there are no benefits to eating animals and I can't fathom why people would still be wearing them.

mnr - It wasn't a comparison, it was a question related to ethics. Do you consider people who inflict pain or kill animals ie animal abusers to be ethical? But since you brought it up, maybe you can explain the difference between an abuser who shoots and kills animals and a hunter who shoots and kills animals. Is it unrealistic to think there are hunters out there who are also animal abusers who simply enjoy killing animals?
2/27/2014 1:56:53 PM
Me n My Opinion says:
I don't think you answered his question. It was kind of a politicians answer - it didn't really say yes or no, it just kind of danced around it. So I'll ask. Do you eat meat? Or do you wear anything that came from an animal?

To think we should all become vegetarians would be ridiculous. So to Tiredofit's point, there is nothing unethical about killing an animal that you're going to eat.

The two most humane ways for a wild animal to die are to be shot with a gun or shot with an arrow. When nature kills them, it's vicious and violent. It's natural, but extremely vicious, so please check your ethical and humane argument at the door.
2/27/2014 2:40:34 PM
tbaycat says:
@moonpie says: I agree with “Me n My Opinion”. You didn't answer “tiredofit’s” question, you just danced around it. Are you a Vegetarian or a Vegan?
2/27/2014 4:24:17 PM
pc says:
so you probably buy your meat at the grocery store. Does that make you more ethical, moral or upright and honest than I am.
I hunt and we eat what we kill. I have shot bears during the fall bear hunt and wish I could still get out and do it again. Bear meat is great eating.
Animal abusers are far from ethical. But a hunter will usually make a clean quick kill and will hunt for any animal they shoot.
I would rather shoot a bear in the back country than find them in my backyard nosing around my BBQ.
Meet one on a dark street in town and see how far you are from wishing for a gun or that a hunter had been around to keep it from getting to town.
2/27/2014 1:44:25 PM
Robert Smithers says:
Love it when some clown that lives in a mansion in Beverly Hills thinks I should be fined because I left my barbecue out on my deck.

And he wants to be taken seriously?
2/27/2014 10:00:26 AM
gone for good says:
I appreciate what you did for those elephants at the Metro Zoo in T.O.
I saw them there years back chained to posts on a lot not much bigger then an average urban yard.
But this issue he knows nothing about at all.
Living out of the city in a rural setting was a real problem.
The bears were out of control in Connmee.
The moose herdsare going down fast due to the hungry spring bears eating calves like they are going out of style.
Barker needs to mind his own business on this one.
Better yet trap a few thousand and let them go in his area and then see what his responce is.
So Mr Barker knows whats best for us. Typical american reaction on all fronts.
They really need to stay out of the worlds business.
2/27/2014 9:58:22 AM
Me n My Opinion says:
It's extremely rare that a sow would be shot in the spring. Sows are extremely protective of their cubs, whereas the male will kill any cub, including its own. As a result, the baits that are put out are almost 100% visited by the more dominant males. It's easy food, and the male gets first choice. A female, particularly one with a cub, won't go near the bait for fear of the male bear. Unless it's an unusual spring where food is extremely scarce, sows with cubs will keep their distance from the baits.

It's very uncommon for a sow to be shot in the spring.
2/27/2014 9:54:07 AM
trueself says:
Hmmm does putting out bait not teach the bears to look for garbage or an easy meal and actually make the problem of human contact worse? And where are the stats that show killing a sow is rare? When someone kills a sow by "accident" is it reported to anyone?
Those who are feeling so threatened by bears should move. I live in the country and the threat of a bear is the least of my safety concerns. Also, do people actually eat bear? just wondering....

2/27/2014 2:51:19 PM
Me n My Opinion says:
I don't know what any official MNR stats are. I only know from personal experience. My brother was a bear hunting outfitter back in the day when the spring hunt was still legal. In 9 years of outfitting, only 2 sows were ever harvested by his clients. I don't know if they had cubs or not, but bears generally only give birth at most, every second year, so there's a decent chance they were without cubs.

My post above, with respect to the interaction of sows, cubs and boars is accurate, as a google search would clearly show. Applying a bit of logic to that, and knowing the history from my personal experience paints a pretty clear picture to me.
2/27/2014 4:36:47 PM
mnr says:
An interesting question - on your first point, I found this from the Maine Department of Fish and Game:

“Based on a review of bear nuisance complaints, including an analysis of our research bears involved in nuisance complaints, we do not believe that baiting exacerbates conflicts between bears and people.” After tagging over 1,600 bears in areas that allow baiting, the M.D.I.F.G. found that: “during the last 28 years, only 12 (<1%) of our research bears were involved in bear nuisance complaints; 8 of the 12 incidents were not associated with human foods (4 bears disturbed beehives, 3 destroyed oat or corn crops, and 1 disturbed a bird feeder).”

Bear meat is delicious. More hunters should try it, I prefer it to deer personally. A lot of people don't hunt them though because proper baiting involves a lot of work (and gas $..). It's not as easy as you would think - not uncommon for a bait site to not get visited for weeks.
2/27/2014 4:57:19 PM
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SierraYid says:
I really don't think that Bob Barker should have a say or form an opinion regarding the spring bear hunt. He doesn't have to deal with bears coming into the campsite regardless of dogs barking, horns blaring or 'bear bangers'. He should come out of his concrete jungle and come up here to camp out in the bush in a tent for a week. Let's see his reaction after he is surprised by one as he's sleeping or sitting in the outhouse. The only people that should have a say in the spring bear hunt debate is the people up here who have to deal with them....and that definitely does not include the voters in the GTA.
2/27/2014 9:52:42 AM
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tadzup says:
Do you really want to complain about bears when camping? Here's a thought: how about not going into the bush, where the bears live, if you don't want to encounter them?
2/27/2014 6:34:35 PM
tbaycat says:
A truly ignorant and simplistic statement. There are many people in Northwestern Ontario who don’t just “camp” in the bush for fun, but who actually have to work there. We do not see bears as cute and cuddly woodland creatures, but see them for the wild and powerful creatures that they really are. We are the people who are seeing the result of the cancelation of the spring bear hunt and we are becoming concerned. Unlike you, we did not form our opinion sitting on a couch eating popcorn watching “Winnie the pooh”
2/28/2014 3:21:32 AM
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Dan dan says:
The cancellation of the spring bear hunt has directly led to a decrease in the quality of life of thousands of Ontarians. The black bear population is growing unchecked and the bears are losing their natural fear of humans. Adverse bear interactions are up dramatically, and forested areas are now to be viewed as dangerous.

Bear-apologists will trot out the ridiculous statistics showing only the number of recorded fatalities to humans, as if that matters whatsoever. We don't judge the safety of our roadways based only on the number of fatal collisions. We don't base violent crime statistics based solely on the number of murders. We don't stop trying to improve the safety of sports because there are few actual deaths.
2/27/2014 9:50:07 AM
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moonpie says:
You make it up as you go eh Dan dan? No stats to back anything up, you're just like Koplanis blowing hot air to try to justify your selfish desire to kill animals. There are so few serious encounters with bears that its ludicrous to even consider this nonsense. You're more likely to get killed slipping in to traffic from an icy sidewalk than you are having a bad encounter with a bear.

YOU MAKE A LOT OF CLAIMS, WHERE'S THE PROOF???? Until you give some proof of your claims you're opinion is worthless. Stop trying to sell your agenda cause ain't nobody buying it buddy.
2/27/2014 10:53:16 AM
Common cents says:
I'll buy it Moonpie...

When you hear you dog growling at your back door and go to check then see this bear sitting on your back deck nose to nose with your dog.

you would buy it to!
2/27/2014 5:50:47 PM
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Dan Dan says:
I am not a hunter or anyone who stands to benefit directly from the reinstatement of the spring bear hunt. I am a black bear attack survivor. And, like any rational human being, I understand that the safety of human beings comes before the safety of animals.
2/27/2014 11:33:17 PM
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kaseybear says:
Up until they cancelled the spring bear hunt, i had never seen a bear walk up the middle of the street in town at 5pm while children were playing in their yards... Since they cancelled the hunt, it has become an annual thing. Bears can rip their way right through a wall if they want to. I have seen it happen. More bears = less food for them. Would like to see some of these people sit here and try to BBQ their dinner while constantly looking over their shoulder to see if a bear is about to corner you on your patio!
2/28/2014 9:53:51 AM
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student35 says:
Seriously? Has he ever even been up here to experience the issues of not having a spring bear hunt? I bet he is against us shooting those cuddly bears anytime of the year. We need the spring bear hunt back. The MNR will watch to make sure the population is under control just like it does with every other species. Hunting and management is just northern Ontario's version of farming.
2/27/2014 9:39:40 AM
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theangryone says:
I thought Bob Barker died after HAPPY GILMORE beat him up.
2/27/2014 9:29:04 AM
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iceman says:
I am sorry what country do you live in.
2/27/2014 9:27:55 AM
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