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Monday July 6 2015
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2014-07-29 at 14:46

Bear visit

TBT News
By tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY --  Some city residents woke up Tuesday to a family of bears roaming their neighbourhood.

For the second time in two weeks, Thunder Bay Police Service officers and Ministry of Natural Resources officials were called to the Garden Avenue area for a bear sighting. But unlike the first bear call, Monday’s bear encounter was a family affair.

When police arrived at the scene, they found a mother bear with three cubs in the area. All four bears were perched in a tree of a homeowner’s front yard.

It was a happy ending for everyone involved. No residents were harmed by the bears, while the four animals eventually climbed down from the tree and fled safely to some nearby bushes.

That’s not how things ended two weeks ago, when a resident reported being mauled by a bear. As a result of that incident, police were forced to put that bear down.

MNR Bear Wise Officer Rick Hagdu says both bear incidents in the area are the result of people leaving garbage behind. He adds that residents should take extra care of their garbage to help reduce the number of bear encounters.

But homeowner Orvin Loroff believes that moving the bears back into the bush is only a band-aid solution.  He wants the spring bear hunting rules to change to include more areas in Northwestern Ontario to help control the population in the Thunder Bay community.

Loroff said he's noticed an increase in bear activity since moving to the area in 1972. 


(TBT News)

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dan dan says:
The spring bear hunt is beneficial for everyone. It creates revenue, it feeds people, and it makes our population safer. What this issue comes down to, is either you are happy with people eating bears or you are happy with bears eating people. There is only one choice, unless you are pathological.
7/31/2014 1:47:04 PM
OdieCleghorn says:
"Let the bears pay the bear tax! I pay the Homer tax!"
7/30/2014 1:51:31 PM
fastball says:
The headline should read "Bears discover humans roaming their neighbourhood"!!
7/30/2014 1:12:59 PM
sawmillsteve says:
Bears in the neighbourhood.....shocking!
7/30/2014 12:59:22 PM
Joey_J says:
Dear Bears,

I have some great property where you won't be bothered. It's called Innova Park. Should check it out.
7/30/2014 12:44:05 PM
Crinkles says:
maybe we can make a bear sanctuary there, plenty of parking for everyone to go watch the "bears" play
7/30/2014 2:43:12 PM
passlake says:
Look at a map of garden avenue. Is anyone surprised bears are in the area?
7/30/2014 9:22:11 AM
countrygirl18 says:
It is for sure time to bring back the spring bear hunt. Way too many bears everywhere right now. Time to control the population.
7/30/2014 8:39:05 AM
Shane Caker says:
In fairness to Orvin, no matter where you live, you have displaced wildlife. Just because you live in an older neighborhood and don't have bears wandering into your back yard, doesn't give you the right to complain about others who are experiencing this. No matter where you live in this city, I'm sure that bears wandered through your yard at some point in time.
7/30/2014 12:08:43 AM
moonpie says:
Orvin Loroff, wow. Is this really that difficult for you to figure out? In 1972 Garden ave (if it existed then) would have been in the middle of the forest. Building a home there would mean - you guessed it - there would be bears and other wildlife present. Now that the habitat is being eradicated in that area you're crying because these animals occasionally pass through your front yard? What did you think would happen to them? The problem is not that there are more bears, the problem is the nuisance humans continue to expanding in to their habitat forcing the animals to move outward. This seems to be a factor the spring bear hunt fanatics can't wrap their heads around. Humans need to accept responsibility for their role in creating these "problems". Killing innocent animals is not the answer when the human population is the only one that needs to be kept under control.
7/29/2014 6:33:53 PM
Royalflush says:
Yeah we should let the bears kill off the humans, since we are invading their territory. A lot of nerve, us humans, huh?
7/30/2014 1:43:18 AM
Ozone says:
Cowpie did you even read the article or have a hint of what the issue is?

The area have had people, farms and houses for seventy years.

If you love living with wild potentially dangerous and destructive animals, go save them and relocate them to remote areas rather than preach your naive garbage!
7/30/2014 7:49:57 AM
RicknB says:
Quote "Humans need to accept responsibility for their role in creating these "problems".

Yes we do! Cancelling the spring bear hunt made the population of bears explode. Bears need to be kept under control that's what the spring bear hunt did, until snobby nosed people stuck their heads in and screwed everything up.
7/30/2014 8:50:43 AM
Tannoy says:
These bears were not there in 1972, they are way too young. Therefore the people were there first.
7/30/2014 9:02:36 AM
Glyder says:
I lol'd! Thanks for that hahaha
7/30/2014 12:25:12 PM
patti says:
A bear visit in the city is news, but a bear visit in the country shouldn't be news. THEY WERE THERE FIRST!! ~ END OF STORY!!!
7/29/2014 6:16:09 PM
RelaxinginMurillo says:
Hate to break it to you, but bears were all over the Thunder Bay area way before even the original Natives came here. They have just as much right to come into your yard as they do into mine. There's one around my property (found scat in the yard), but we dont leave out garbage etc.. so no problems yet. But if it threatens my family, I have no problem feeding it a little lead therapy. Survival of the fittest etc..
7/29/2014 10:59:47 PM
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