March 12, 2015

B.C. bear hunt: David Suzuki mauls the facts

Marissa SemkiwArchive

David Suzuki wants to ban the annual B.C. bear hunt, but Keith Beasley of Canada in the Rough says the doctor doesn't have his facts straight.

Beasley says Suzuki's statements aren't based on the latest information -- he's simply pushing his personal anti-hunting agenda.

Beasley told me that, for one thing, only 2% to 4% of the bear population is harvested per year.

If the number of bears gets too high, they threaten the existence of over a dozen other species, like elk.

Like all responsible hunters, Beasley knows more about true sustainability than many environmentalists like David Suzuki:


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commented 2015-03-13 14:16:57 -0400
It’s called harvesting the animals. I’d hate to see the result if we didn’t harvest them.
commented 2015-03-12 18:31:17 -0400
Mr. Suzuki has been losing credibility on a national level for several years based on leaving scientific facts at the curb and I nserting bad data. His bias has brought him from scientist to entertainer to puppet for the highest bidder. A disgrace to his profession. He embarrassed Canada with his lack of accurate information when addressing climate change experts in Australia in 2014 as well. His credibility is now damaged beyond repair .
commented 2015-03-12 17:43:46 -0400
As someone who lives in the north (northern BC), I spent most of my adult life hunting just to subsidize my grocery bill. So, as a subsistence hunter, I’ve never really understood the concept of sports hunting. It seems to me like a 10 yr. old pretending to be a grownup. But who am I to judge. I’ve never had grizzly bear meat, but I’ve had lots of black bear. When treated like pork, it’s very good. It makes excellent ham, bacon and sausage. And there’s certainly an abundance of black bears around here where I live. It seems they reproduce like rabbits! If David Suzuki ever had a real job, working alone in the bush in bear country, he wouldn’t be so quick to judge. I’ve only ever had one close encounter with a grizzly, but I’ve had many with black bears. So far, I’ve been lucky… the bears were all more afraid of me than I was of them. But I’ve known people (one geologist and a couple hunters) who weren’t so lucky. However, I haven’t been so lucky with moose. They don’t seem to be afraid of me at all; and they don’t seem to like me either. Been treed a couple of times, which is why I shoot ‘em and eat ’em! "Chase me up a tree, will ya’? Take that!"
commented 2015-03-12 17:32:22 -0400
I hike in black bear country in Ontario. Of course black bears are completely different from Grizzlys … except they’re bears, of couse. But while I always see lots of scat, I almost never see a bear. Generally, they are shy and avoid humans.

Every year, we hear of police and/or FF who move bears from town on garbage night and sometimes shoot them and other bears attracted by dirty barbeques and pet food left outdoors over night. Again, I don’t want my neighbours taking rifle shots at nuisance bears. I want the MNR to train hunters and/or properly train police/FF to do the job.
commented 2015-03-12 17:24:13 -0400
Okay … sort of.

Bear hunting should not be a tourist attraction. Responsible Canadian hunters like Beasley should be paid by MNR to cull wildlife populations properly.

Tourists pay to kill nursing sows and to poach paws, gallballders for smuggling under legitimate licenses and guides look away. Profit motive reduces standards.

Bears are not the only wildlife MNR needs to hire hunters to cull. What about those coyotes and – dare I say it? – those oppressive Canada geese?

Every year we hear stories of bears killing stupid hunters. MNR should pay registered and responsible Canadian hunters to do the job, not trophy tourists.
commented 2015-03-12 17:23:37 -0400
David Suzuki = Canada’s own Al Sharpton / Jesse Jackson.
Suzuki pumps his bull and whips fools into parting with their cash.
commented 2015-03-12 17:00:39 -0400
I bought a David Suzuki thermometer. It makes me feel warm because it always reads ten degrees warmer than my other thermometers. Thanks to David I now believe in Global warming. As for Dah Bears , kill them all , I’m a Packers fan.
commented 2015-03-12 16:44:30 -0400
Suzuki …? the great priest of the doing nothing , except sending him money, so tired of this commy eco-crap.
commented 2015-03-12 16:15:08 -0400
I think Dr. Suzuki’s opinion of the bear hunt would change if there were a lots of them near one of his 4 homes.
commented 2015-03-12 16:12:21 -0400
If there is one thing that needs to be hunted it is Suzuki. A millionaire paid for by CBC tax dollars.