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.
Local Black Bears: Black bear activity in Juneau continues to be reported across town.
• Sporadic calls have been received along North Douglas Highway.
• A lone bear has been reported in the area between Gold and Franklin Streets downtown.
• Bear activity has been reported on Old Glacier Highway between the high school and Wickersham Avenue
• A lone bear has been reported in Lemon Creek neighborhoods, both east and west of Glacier Highway.
• Bears are being reported in multiple neighborhoods adjacent to Thunder Mountain.
• Several 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.
• A few calls have been received in the Auke Bay area.
Residents should anticipate seeing bears in berry patches and along salmon streams, including those areas that may be found in or adjacent to neighborhoods. Historically, urban bear activity increases as natural foods become scarce through the fall. 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.