The bears are starting to wake up in southern Yukon. Yukon carnivore biologist Ramona Maraj says there’s been some bear sightings as the early spring is causing the males to come out of hibernation two weeks earlier than normal. “They tend to come out because their dens flood and so you look around and you see the show’s been melting pretty much everywhere and the males are the bears with dens at the lower elevations. Their dens tend to flood a little bit earlier. They’re not interested in necessarily sitting around in a big pool of water.” Maraj reports the first sightings happened in early March. She suggests to always be bear aware and make sure your garbage is bear proof.