But, the EBR, a good idea in theory, is a sham. Apart from some possible minor tweaking, the EBR reflects a done deal. If organizations and individuals like ours don't spend time on it, the government will claim that there was "no interest." If we do respond, it will say that there "was wide consultation" with all "stakeholders." But, the Ministry, now called the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), will go ahead with what was planned.
Days after the EBR was posted, the acting Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) released the commission's annual report, obviously in the works for some time. It is extremely critical of the MNRF, with special reference to the two year "test," or "pilot," spring hunt. The report, titled "Small Things Matter," pointed out, just as we have, that the MNRF acted with incomplete information, ignoring its own biologists and research, and disregarded the advice of a committee convened specifically to address the issue of human/bear conflicts.
Knowing that EBR listings indicate done deals, we can try to protect as many bear cubs as possible by advocating, for example, the elimination of the use of baits. These baits, put down in advance of the hunt and in line-of sight of blinds where concealed hunters will wait, usually consist of discarded bakery goods and other foods of human origin. Thus, the bears get used to the idea of humans being a source of food: the opposite of what is required to reduce human/bear conflicts, most of which involve hungry bears searching for food discarded or poorly stored by humans.