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Below is an interactive, human-bear conflict map for Yukon. All coordinates are approximate. We have scrubbed all identifying data to protect the privacy of the people who report human-bear conflict to Yukon Conservation Officers. Some incidents were not reported with coordinates and so are represented in the n-values in the map legend but cannot be found on the map.
Please click on the box in the upper right corner to open it in a new window and explore. You can search these negative human-bear encounters by species, attractant, year, month and outcome. They represent all of the incidents reported to Yukon Conservation Officer Services beginning in 2012 that relate to garbage, compost, bird feeders and chicken coops. These, along with human food, which bears often find in the form of smokers, fish racks and meat caches, are the most common attractants that lead to conflict. Additionally, many bears are killed by motor vehicles every year along Yukon roads. There may be many more incidents that remain unreported.
The map includes incidents from the Whitehorse, Haines Junction, Mayo and Dawon/OldCrow C.O. district so far. Check back in the coming months. We intend to populate the map with information from all other Yukon districts and with other attractants soon. If you are interested in finding out more or having a map presentation in your school, community or workplace, please give us a call at (867)335-5212 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, we hope the map helps answer some of the questions you may have about where and why humans come into conflict with bears. We also hope it helps you think about practical solutions to a problem which affects all of us.
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Bears are fun to watch but may be at risk of becoming habituated or food conditioned
If you see a bear while you are travelling by road or through the wilderness, please keep your viewing experience short and keep your distance. Check out the safe driving tips below to learn how to drive safely and respectfully through bear country.
the bear essentials
Interested in learning more about bears? Researching for a paper? Problem solving a bear issue? Below you will find all kinds of resources which we hope you will find helpful.
If you have any information about bears that you would like to share with us, please contact us at email@example.com. We will upload relevant information to this page.
is wildwise a bear conservation group?
Most of the work we have done so far at WildWise has had a heavy focus on bears because bears are of great interest to so many people for so many reasons. So naturally, people wonder if we are a bear conservation group. Sometimes it is easier to say yes than to explain the difference between that and what we do, but we are not, in fact, a bear conservation group...so far. Our focus is on reducing human-bear conflict and we are pleased that that leads to conservation of bears and bear habitat. We help people coexist with bears because there are cultural, social, economic and environmental benefits within communities and even globally when we do.
Clear as mud? Perhaps this will help. Our approach to promoting coexistence is mostly through encouraging appropriate attractant management because almost all conflicts that humans have with bears are the result of poor or uninformed waste management.
That said, should WildWise consider a stronger conservation approach when it comes to reducing conflict with bears? There are so many perspectives to consider. Some feel that bear populations are doing fine and human development is cramped by conservation efforts. Others feel that bear populations are in decline and cite studies that show that almost all bear deaths are human-caused. Almost all, however, agree that bears are important for one reason or another and community driven solutions are needed to make sure they continue to exist in North America.
bear testing garbage bin locks
This is a video clip, uploaded to YouTube by Get Bear Smart Society, of a bear testing a certified bear-resistant garbage bin. For information about these and other bear-resistant products, please visit our resources page here.
articles and stories
Where the Bear Walks - "habituated versus food conditioned" - a blog site dedicated to bear issues
links and resources
bear organizations & programs
Get Bear Smart Society - All about North American bears
government resources (bear ID & management)
staying safe around bears
Tips for Coexistence with Grizzlies - Western Wildlife Outreach - Good bear spray instruction
A great bear spray resource from My Open Country