Rick I sort of understand the attitude about bears from the folks that ran the outfitting places I fished with. The varmint-vermin attitude or nuisance pest was expressed more than once to us in camp. And most of the bear outfitters in Ontario sort treat IT that way today. Old school attitude like you referred too and to me I would suggest that change to more like the way the western provinces are about bear hunting.
Since I am from Ohio and don't have bears here to hunt the idea of bear hunting does hold some interest. Just like moose for that matter because we don't have moose. Deer we have LOL.