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Tips To Reduce Conflict With Bears

Public Service Announcement

Post Date:05/23/2018 1:30 PM

Whitehorse – Residents are reminded that bear season is upon us and that we should all be working towards making our homes and community ‘bear-smarter.’ We all have a responsibility to manage our attractants so that bears and other wildlife aren’t easily tempted to access residential neighbourhoods and personal property.

The most effective way to reduce human-bear conflicts is to better secure our non-natural attractants. Here are a few things citizens can do to reduce the chance of having a negative human/bear conflict:

  • Keep compost, waste and recycling bins in a locked shed or garage;
  • Put waste, organics and blue boxes out on the curb the morning of collection;
  • Bring your cart(s) back to a secured location as soon as possible after collection,
  • Maintain backyard composters and ensure no meat or dairy products in the pile;
  • Store all oil, gas and chemical products inside a locked structure;
  • Clean barbeques after use;
  • Put away your bird feeders for the summer;
  • Put electric fences around poultry and livestock;
  • Lock all outdoor freezers;
  • Remove any other wildlife attractants from your property; and
  • When out on trails, make noise, carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Bears can remain active into November and sightings, even in residential neighbourhoods, should be reported to Yukon Government Conservation Officers using the TIPP line at 1-800-661-0525.

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Jackie Taylor
Environmental Coordinator
City of Whitehorse