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Wildlife Roundup

Posted: August 10, 2012 - 12:02am

Week of Aug. 6

Welcome to the Juneau area Wildlife Round Up. The intent of this column is to provide Juneau residents updates on wildlife activity in the Juneau area and general interest wildlife information.

Sweetheart Creek: The department has received numerous reports of brown bears in the Sweetheart Creek area. This fishing location is very popular for both Juneau residents and brown bears. People are advised to be vigilant in the area and to watch for bears. Fishermen should travel in groups and make lots of noise when walking along the stream. An air horn to make noise to scare bears away, and bear spray is recommended. Fish should be kept close to you. If a bear approaches you while fishing try to keep the bear from getting any of your catch. If bears persist in trying to obtain fish you should leave the area. Fish viscera and carcasses should be thrown into fast moving water so they are not available to bears along the creek bank or beach. Additional information on fishing in bear country can be found at the department’s website at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=livingwithbears.fishingwithbears.

Local Black Bears: Black bear activity in Juneau continues to be reported across town.

• A young bear was reported on the False Outer Point trail system on North Douglas.

• Two bears have been reported in the Fish Creek area on North Douglas.

• Two bears have been reported near Capitol and Distin avenues, and on Franklin Street.

• Bear activity has been reported on Old Glacier Highway between the high school and Wickersham Avenue

• Bears are being reported in multiple neighborhoods adjacent to Thunder Mountain.

• Sporadic reports have been received about bear activity in Mendenhaven neighborhoods.

• Two young bears have been seen numerous times in the 8000 block of Back Loop Road and near Dredge Lake Road.

• The department has not received recent reports of bear activity north of, or in the Auke Bay area.

Some of the summer’s bear urban activity has quieted down as bears focus on berries and recently arrived fish. Residents should anticipate seeing bears in berry patches and along salmon streams, including those areas that may be found in or adjacent to neighborhoods. 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.

To date, department staff have relocated four black bears from Juneau, and euthanized one.

• For additional information, please contact the Douglas Area wildlife Office at 465-4359.

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