Conservation officers are reminding Yukoners to minimize attractants on their properties after a number of human-bear conflicts in many parts of the territory.
One incident saw a bear destroyed.
“Between June 10 and 13, there were a number of human-bear conflict incidents,” Environment Yukon officials said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
“Conservation officers are asking the public to be aware and to keep their properties free of attractants.”
It was in Teslin that a bear was destroyed after it went into a home through an open door and got into the fridge and garbage. No one was there at the time.
A conservation officer later destroyed the animal believed to have been involved.
Meanwhile, another home in Echo Valley had a brief visit from a young black bear that managed to push a door open.
“The bear was startled by the pet cat and ran off,” officials said.
The importance of bear spray was also emphasized when a grizzly bear tried to grab a pannier bag attached to a bike being ridden along the Dempster
Highway by a visitor from New Zealand.
“The cyclist deployed bear spray and successfully deterred the bear,” Environment Yukon said.
In Haines Junction, residents are being reminded that there are at least two female grizzly bears with cubs that have been seen around the community.
“Owners of country residential properties are reminded to make their properties bear safe,” officials stated.
“Make sure that exterior doors and windows open out, not in, since bears often push their way into a residence.
“Avoid lever-style doors if possible. Minimize wildlife attractants on property, including garbage, free-ranging poultry like chicken, and pet and bird feed.
“Please ensure that you regularly clean barbecues, composts and food smokers.”
Under the territory’s Wildlife Act, “it is an offence to encourage wildlife to become a nuisance.
“Wildlife Act violations can be reported confidentially at any time to the TIPP line. If you see a bear in a residential area or have a negative encounter with a
bear, please call the toll-free TIPP line 24/7 at 1-800-661-0525.”