Saskatchewan Black Bear Hunting
Black Bear Hunting is a time-honored tradition in the far north. Aboriginal people, trappers and explorers relied on the Black Bear to supply much valued meat as well as warm fur for clothes. Times have changed. The trappers and explorers are gone and the Cree people do not rely on the Black Bear like they use to. As a result, over-population of bears is creating problems for the species as a whole.
Dominant male Black Bears kill every bear cub they come in contact with unless the cubs are their own offspring. They do this to force the females to want to mate again and ensure their own genes are passed on. The problem is a dominant male Black Bear can have a territory of many square miles and be the only male mating with many females. Related bears end up mating with each other, which greatly weakens the gene pool and makes the bears susceptible to disease. Once one bear becomes sick, the plague can spread like wildfire and wipe out all the bears for hundreds of miles. Allowing more deer hunting in Michigan and Minnesota would have prevented Chronic Wasting Disease from spreading and the deer eradication project would not have been needed. Proper management is key. To ensure a healthy and happy Black Bear population, controlled hunting is used as a population management tool, which just happens to be lots of fun and available to our guests.