Week of September 24, 2012
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 lone bear has been reported on Franklin Street downtown and near Willoughby Ave.
• Bear activity has been reported in Mountain Side Estates.
• Multiple bears have been reported in Lemon Creek neighborhoods, both east and west of Glacier Highway.
• Bears are being reported in multiple neighborhoods adjacent to Valley Boulevard.
• Bear activity has been reported in Auke Bay and Fritz Cover Road.
The number of bear complaints received by the department has increased substantially in the past two weeks. Historically, urban bear activity increases as natural foods, such as berries, become scarce through the fall. Bears are roaming extensively in the Juneau area searching for food and are more visible because of their movements. 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 two.
• For additional information, please contact the Douglas Area wildlife Office at 465-4359.