Wildlife Roundup

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.


Buckwheat Classic registration opens

Registration is now open for the 31st annual Buckwheat Ski Classic. The cross-country ski race will be held on March 25 on the Log Cabin Ski Trails north of Skagway and include 50K, 25K and 10K classic races as well as a 5K kids race.

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Unit 4 fur season to end

The season for marten, mink, weasel and river otter in Unit 4 (Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof Islands) ended Wednesday. Beaver season remains open through April 30.

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Fireside Lecture on Southeast’s ancient shorelines

Geologist Jim Baichtal will discuss revising old theories regarding how life adapted to Southeast Alaska’s ancient ice sheets during today’s Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

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