Welcome to the 2013 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. Black bear activity is being reported in several areas of Juneau and Douglas. Specifically, bears have been reported at:
• Thane Road.
• 5th Street in Douglas.
• Between Lemon Creek and Twin Lakes.
• Switzer Creek.
• Mendenhall Valley in neighborhoods adjacent to Thunder Mountain.
• Auke Bay between Statter Harbor and the Lena Point area.
• Tee Harbor.
Many of the calls received by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game are simply reports of bears in the area, but the department continues to receive reports of bears in garbage cans, an occasional dumpster and several chicken coops. The new garbage cans, fielded last summer, are not bear resistant and must be stored in a garage, shed, or some other stout enclosure. Chicken coops should be protected by an electric fence. Residents are reminded to remove all attractants (bird seed, fish scraps, etc.) from their home, pet food should be stored inside and household garbage should be stored in a bear resistant container until the day of pick up.
Black bears are still routinely seen feeding along local roads. Earlier in the summer, the department received several calls concerning traffic congestion because of people viewing bears. There have been few deer reports recently and these animals, along with the bears, will likely be moving into timbered areas in the near future in search of other food sources. Please do not stop along side of feeding bears and wildlife and do not loiter in the area. This can create an unsafe traffic situation, and may alarm the animal which may move or run into traffic. It is appropriate to view wildlife along the roads only when there is an area where vehicles can be parked off the road, and viewing can be accomplished from a distance that will not harass the animals.
For additional information, please contact the Douglas Area wildlife Office at 465-4359.