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2014-06-26 at 10:57

Citing safety concerns, city police officers shoot nuisance bear

By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Unable to wait on the Ministry of Natural Resources, city police officers were forced to shoot a nuisance bear Wednesday evening.

Officers with the Thunder Bay Police Service responded to three separate bear calls that evening in the area of Oliver Road, between Balmoral Street and Golf Links Road.

The bear returned to the wooded area during the first two incidents.

The third incident, which occurred just before 9 p.m., saw the bear on a property near the intersection of Balmoral Street and Oliver Road.

Police at the scene requested help from the MNR to tranquilize the bear.

Police say the animal was being contained by officers who were waiting for MNR officials, but the behaviour of the bear resulted in officers shooting it.

Police say citizens are encouraged to go to the MNR Bear Wise website for information on how to deal with bear issues.

Problem bears can be reported to the MNR’s bear reporting line at 1-866-514-2327.





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Stephen says:
How was this bear being a nuisance? Was it just by being a bear?
I've spoken to people who live in smaller towns on several occasions and they have all told me that if they see a bear they just walk on the other side of the road. No harm, no foul.
6/28/2014 3:40:34 AM
moonpie says:
The spring bear hunt makes zero difference in whether or not the occasional bear wanders in to the city. You'd think with all the spring bear hunt propaganda we would see at least one verifiable statistic showing that human/bear altercations have increased. Sure, there have been more sightings and more idiots running in to bears out in the woods but only a complete moron would be surprised by that given that we're constantly expanding outward in to their habitat. Spring bear hunt fanatics have nothing of substance to back up any of their claims and word of mouth just doesn't cut it.
6/27/2014 8:41:14 PM
wesb says:
There is a place for all the creatures of this planet, between the carrots and potatoes.
Nuisance, schmoosance, bears don't belong in the city or anywhere else my children are for that matter.

The reason that the MNR apparently took too long is because we have so few CO's up here and each of them have to cover a very large geographic area. Longer response time are to be expected in a system designed to fail. More funding will clean that up nicely. Where is the $$$ going to come from? We all know the answer to that, I assume.
6/27/2014 3:16:57 PM
henryalbertluci says:
I saw a posting on facebook about a week ago about a mother bear and her two cubs seen around the hospital grounds. I knew I would be seeing something like this shortly after. People and their fear mongering about nature makes me crazy! I bet now the two cubs are without their mother! Just so sad! I agree with those that say learn how to use a tranquilizer gun......every single time that some animal or bird walks or moves in this city the answer is ALWAYS "KILL IT".......why? people are very sad!
6/27/2014 11:28:30 AM
freedom123 says:
"Ministry of Natural Resources" should be renamed to "Ministry of Revenue" like ALL of the other Ministries. If it don't make money in FINES then forget it, people's safety is not a concern if there ain't money to be made at it.
6/27/2014 1:15:46 AM
sawmillsteve says:
Excellent point Dudebro....the MnR in Ontario is the biggest joke around. They screwed up things royally by cancelling the spring bear hunt. They couldn't manage a Kool-Aid stand on James St....they are so incompetent.
Everyone criticizes our police force but I'm saying great job.
6/27/2014 12:19:53 AM
worker1 says:
M.N.R. ===== Ministry of No Results...plain and simple.
6/26/2014 4:52:59 PM
localdog says:
What's with the "nuisance" label for animals that are simply exhibiting normal animal behavior? Animals forced from their own habitat by the ever expanding human plague don't know that they're not supposed to be wandering "our" city streets. Like yoyoma stated, is it really that difficult to train a couple officers to operate a tranq gun so they don't have to needlessly end an animals life?
6/26/2014 4:07:40 PM
Dudebro says:
As usual, it takes MNR forever to respond. Likely so much bureaucracy they have to go through to get the overtime approval or whatever their holdups are.
The sky is the limit when it comes to the resources they have available or lengths MNR will go to track down someone taking one too many fish or breaking a small law in the bush, but when it's an issue like this it's not very important to them and they get there when they get there.
6/26/2014 1:56:40 PM
Jon Powers says:

I thought that if you our someone else sees a "Black Bear", or another large animal in city limits that the person was to call 911 and report it to police.

The City Of Thunder Bay Police Service have been telling everyone of their "Black Bear", "Large Cat", protocals for years.

Please seek futher information(From City Police) about what people are to do should they see the above mentioned inside city limits?

Thank You!

Great Story!
6/26/2014 1:51:21 PM
Jack Frost says:
Such a shameful sad waste of wildlife...
6/26/2014 11:43:58 AM
Tannoy says:
Yup but if that bear hurt a kid you would be singing a different song.
6/27/2014 9:51:36 AM
Tannoy says:
Our picnic baskets are safe! Great job TBPD!
6/26/2014 11:43:28 AM
codvx87 says:
I hope they shot him good!

Hate bears
6/26/2014 11:37:05 AM
moonpie says:
I'm sure they would say the feeling is mutual, but they'd probably have a little more respect for your life.
6/28/2014 11:36:32 AM
yoyoma says:
Maybe Tbay police should look into getting their own tranquilizer gun and a couple officers trained on it for cases such as this. I get that public safety is in play and they have to do what they have to do, but having on on hand might be an option so they don't have to wait for the MNR.
6/26/2014 11:18:47 AM
snooks63 says:
Nuisance Bear??? Really???? There are no such things a nusiance animals!!!! People have to realize that if we continue to build and destroy the animals natural habitat for our enjoyment, the animals who were born, raised and have lived in these areas long before humans camae along, are going to start to "fight back". If a child was was in an area that someone may consider"theirs" and called police to report it as a nusiance,would the police shoot it too? I know this may sound extreme,but it is the same deal.So, in saying this PEOPLE need to stop invading natural habitats for their on benefit and learn to SHARE!!! and live peacefully.
6/26/2014 11:16:34 AM
LOL!!! So take your own advice, destroy your place of habituation, return it to its natural state, so that the wildlife can return!
Great idea!!
The whole city is built on natural habitat, in fact all the cities town houses farms in the whole world!!!

P.s. children are people, human beings, wildlife while living, breathing, is not. Yes there is a difference.
6/26/2014 10:15:33 PM
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