Schreiner responds to plan to reinstate spring bear hunt

Mike Schreiner released the following statement after the province announced a consultation on permanently reinstating the spring black bear hunt:

“The Ford government has a spotty track record on wildlife conservation, from gutting the Endangered Species Act to relaxing protections for wolves and coyotes.

Any decision to reinstate a permanent spring hunt must be based on science and must have the consent of affected groups.

Hunting of any species cannot be driven purely by economic interests and should only be considered if the population is healthy.

Consultations must include First Nations, scientists, and conservationists, groups that Ford continuously fails to mention.”