Q: My father handed away and he had a tanned bear cover that my mom not needs to have round the home. Dad bought it within the early Seventies on a deer/bear licence. What are my choices for eliminating it? Can I promote it, or do I’ve to provide it away?
Kirk Gowdy, Bowmanville
A: You give the bear rug away. Usually, bear rugs that hunters have produced from bears that they harvested can’t be bought. For a black bear rug to be lawfully bought immediately, the cover (untanned and untreated pores and skin) of the bear would have needed to first been lawfully purchased or bought (for instance, by a cover vendor), then tanned and made right into a rug. Relying on when the cover was bought, the client would both must have been licenced as a hides and forged antlers vendor, or would have needed to have stored data of the acquisition. The bonus of proving that the cover was lawfully purchased or bought, then tanned, rests with the individual promoting the cover immediately.
ANSWER BY: David Critchlow, Provincial Enforcement Specialist, MNRF
Initially printed within the July 2021 subject of Ontario OUT of DOORS journal. Ask a CO can also be a daily function within the print version.