Week of July 9
Welcome to the Juneau area Wildlife Roundup. The intent of this column is to provide Juneau residents updates on wildlife activity in the Juneau area and general interest wildlife information.
Local Black Bears: Black bear activity in Juneau continues to be reported across town.
• A young bear continues to be seen regularly along Douglas Highway and in West Juneau.
• Two bears have been reported several times in the Highlands above JDHS and neighborhoods near the Federal Building downtown.
• A female with three cubs of the year have been reported in Mountainside Estates, in neighborhoods adjacent to Wire Street, and in the 2000 block of Glacier Highway.
• Bears are being reported in multiple neighborhoods adjacent to Thunder Mountain and may be the same one or two animals moving between neighborhoods.
• A young bear has been seen numerous times in the 8500 block of Back Loop Road.
• The department has received sporadic reports of bears in the Lena Point and Tee Harbor neighborhoods.
Many of the calls ADF&G are receiving are simply reports of bears in the area but the department continues to receive reports of bears getting into dog food, bird seed and other attractants. At this time of year bears are waiting for local berries to ripen after spring vegetation has matured. This often results in bears investigating neighborhoods and human food sources. Residents are reminded to remove all attractants from their home and to secure household garbage in a bear resistant container until the day of pick up, and to ensure that cans and dumpsters are maintained appropriately.
Most of Juneau has received new garbage cans. These cans are not bear proof or resistant. Garbage cans should be stored in bear proof containers until the day of pick up. It appears bears have moved away from Glacier Highway, out the road, to forage farther inland; the department has not received traffic congestion complaints in a week or more.
• Ryan Scott is the area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. For additional information, please contact the Douglas Area Wildlife Office at 465-4359.