Bear snaring

Halifax man calls for end to practice.

“When you see something as barbaric as that, it shocks you. I feel very, very strongly about it,” said Mr. Kendall, who said he is writing to provincial and federal officials about the matter.

Ross White, vice-president of the Trappers’ Association of Nova Scotia, says bear snaring is considered humane and effective.

Snares are comprised of a steel cable that loops around the leg holding the bear until the trapper returns. Only certified trappers can get a permit to snare a bear. They are required by law to check the traps every 24 hours, he said.

The trapper usually then uses a high-powered rifle to shoot the snared bear, said Mr. White, who lives in the Truro area. Bears most often get caught in the snares at night and the traps are checked first thing in the morning, he said.

“Most generally, they are not in distress very long. When you go to the snare, the bear is laying there. It is quite comfortable. It is quite relaxed,” he said.

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