Whitehorse Bear Hazard Assessment
Yukon Wilderness Tourism Operator survey
In 2017 WildWise investigated the food conditioning of bears along the Skagway Rd. (see Education). Our conversations with tour operators revealed an opportunity to develop educational resources for tour operators and tourists about food conditioning and reducing conflict. We set out to investigate what tour operators are doing and what they need in order to provide accurate information and improve safety for their staff and clients. The next step is to develop partnerships and resources. Read the results of our survey here.
Bear Smart Community Scan
With support from the City of Whitehorse and Environment Yukon we set out to investigate steps that other communities have taken to reduce conflict with bears. We included seven communities and researched their bottom up and top down approaches. This gives us valuable information that will help Yukon communities adopt bear smart practices. We are working on the final copy in collaboration with our supporters. Please check back here soon to get your hands on the report.
Door to Door Outreach
We also extended our door to door outreach this summer to Copper Ridge, Carmacks, Mount Sima, Wolf Creek and Spruce Hill.
Food conditioned bears along the Skagway Road.
In collaboration with the Carcross & Tagish First Nations, CT RRC, Environment Yukon and Parks Canada we monitored human interactions with bears and delivered education about bear behavior and the dangers of food conditioning this summer along the Carcross and Skagway Roads. In response to concerns from all partners and residents in the area about road safety and negative human-bear interactions we encouraged tourists and tour companies not to use the highway shoulders for bear viewing and not to feed the bears. Read the full report here.
Read about our work along the Skagway Road over the summer of 2017 here.
Our latest progress report is packed with information about what WildWise has been up to.
Click on the image to the right to read the full progress report.
Did you participate in this research project? Or are you interested in seeing how bear-resistant waste solutions are working in Whitehorse?
Click on the image to the right to read a summary of results from our bear-proof bin pilot project.
This is a summary report on what we heard in the spring of 2016 during a multi-stakeholder dialogue about priorities and strategies relating to the recommendations made in the Whitehorse Bear Hazard Assessment. The document may be used to direct efforts towards becoming a bear smart community.