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In May 2015 a bear was shot while wandering through a residential area in Newmarket. The bear had been in the area for a number of days and shot by York Region Police 


In June 2017 a bear was shot while wandering through an industrial area of Scarborough for hours before Toronto ETF officers were forced to shoot it.

In both cases the Ministry of Natural Resources had been called but did not respond in time to save the bear. When it appeared the bear could be a danger to humans a decision was made by police to kill them. The police are not equipped to deal with a situation like this. They do not have the training, nor the equipment and are forced to make a judgement call based on their mandate to protect the public. They can not be faulted for doing their job. However the safety and protection of our wildlife is the job of the Ministry of Natural Resources and we expect you to fulfill your obligation

THE MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES IS EQUIPPED with tranquilizer guns to imobilize a wild animal such as a bear but in both cases did not show up when called. The killing of these two bears was preventable.

We do not want a repeat of these incidents to take place in Caledon.

July, 2018  "three reports of a black bear being spotted near the McGuire Trail during a one-hour period on Thursday afternoon. They say the bear, described as a cub weighing approximately 225 kilograms, was seen approaching decks in residents’ backyards." "it ran when it saw people"

We need the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to be prepared to take immediate action in order to remove the animal(s) in a timely, humane manner which will save their life and protect the public. They need to work with the police and do not leave the choice of life or death to those who are not trained to deal with the situation.



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