Are bears the real problem?

Dear editor:
The headline in the Daily Bulletin on Oct. 23, “Bring Back Spring Bear Hunt,” is most puzzling. In what civilized country does the government encourage, condone, and licence the killing of nursing mother animals with young?
By killing the sow bears, many cubs are left orphaned to survive and struggle for food on their own. This struggle inevitably will bring them close to man, where they will find garbage, gardens, etc. to fill their needs.
And most orphaned bear cubs do not survive to adulthood.
Humans cause habitat loss for bears and other wildlife as we expand more and more into their territory, yet bears that struggle to hang on to their habitat are termed “nuisance.”
The other recommendations of the committee (training to safely capture and remove bears to wild areas, additional money to municipalities to bear-proof dumps, and educational programs to teach people what habits attract bears) make sense and should be implemented.
But hunting or culling bear populations is an ineffective and often disastrous means of controlling wildlife populations.
Habitat loss due to human activity is the number-one threat to wildlife—and what brings bears in contact with humans. However, man should not interfere with the balance of nature.
Laurance Catherall
425 Nelson St., Apt. 106
Fort Frances, Ont.