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.
• A single bear has been reported near Main Street, Willoughby and Capitol Avenues.
• A female with three cubs of the year have been reported in Mountainside Estates, in neighborhoods adjacent to Wire Street, Bartlett Regional Hospital, and in the 2000 block of Glacier Highway.
• Bears are being reported in multiple neighborhoods adjacent to Thunder Mountain and west of Mendenhall Loop Road between the loop road and Riverside Drive.
• A young bear has been seen numerous times in the 8000 block of Back Loop Road and near Dredge Lake Road.
• The department has received sporadic reports of bears in the Auke Bay area and along the highway north of Eagle Beach.
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 in 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. Some berry species have ripened in some locations, but in many areas berry crops are delayed. 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.
• For additional information, please contact the Douglas Area wildlife Office at 465-4359.