Response to ellisonz (Reply #31)
Mon May 7, 2012, 06:11 PM
iverglas (38,549 posts)
35. no, seriously
People living in houses do not store their food in outdoor food storage bins.
We're talking populated areas in Ontario, where towns co-exist with bears. And you can be as careful as you like with your own garbage, but you can't control your neighbours -- and the town dumps aren't usually indoor affairs.
The Ontario government says it's reviewing the decision three years ago to cancel the spring bear hunt, which is good news for many residents of Northern Ontario towns and cities.
Since the spring hunt was cancelled, hunting outfitters say a $40-million industry has disappeared, and bears have been arriving on the scene, apparently in droves.
In cities such as Kenora, Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins they can be seen in trees, in playgrounds, and meandering through downtown traffic.
Randy Smith, a bear catcher for Kenora, Ont., says on any given day as many as 70 bears could be roaming around the city.
"A lot of the decisions for Northern Ontario are made in Southern Ontario where I personally don't think they have a grasp of the situation," he said.
The hunt was cancelled in 2002. Judging from all the pictures at google images of people posing with dead bears, it seems to be on these days. Trophy hunting, killing for the sake of killing. Population control may be needed in this case, but I don't care to associate with the people in question myself.
Bear in downtown Vancouver
A bear was spotted atop a garbage container near Georgia and Cambie Streets Monday afternoon.
-- damn, the photo won't copy -- check it here:
And sometimes they do just attack in the wild:
Authorities thought they had seen the last of the black bear that mauled Gerald Marois in Severn Township a week ago.
But now an an ATV driver in the area says he was charged by a bear fitting the same description on Tuesday, sparking fears that a rogue bear is on the loose in cottage country.
The ATV driver was attacked on a trail only five kilometres from last Tuesday’s mauling near Upper Big Chute Road and Kinnear Sideroad.
In both cases, the bear noticed the men from afar and charged up to 120 metres in their direction. Marois climbed up a tree but was pursued and had his calves shredded, while the ATV driver sped away without incident.
It isn't just us invading their habitat; they have adjusted quite well to ours.
Fortunately, I only have massive noxious raccoons in my neighbourhood. But they did get into the rafters above the storage room attached to my garage (where I broke my leg) and destroy a large chunk of the ceiling drywall to get down into the room and poop all over it. Not as bad as this, though:
A frantic call to Toronto police Thursday morning after a home invasion of a different kind.
Two scared Beach residents escaped without a scratch after senior officers from 55 Division came to the rescue.
Two sergeants as well as other uniformed officers responded after a homeowner called to say raccoons were running around inside their house.
... After hearing a ruckus in the night the homeowners came out of a bedroom to find the water running in the kitchen sink and raccoons enjoying a buffet on the kitchen counter, courtesy of a fruit basket.
CityNews reports the raccoons won't face charges. They're lucky they don't live in Florida ...
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