We have 2 tips for you this month
1. bears and your meat
Hunting season can bring an abundance of smells and attractants to Yukoners’ yards and properties. Bears are actively searching for food at this time of year, so be smart about where you hang your meat, store your trophy, dispose of meat scraps and bones, and how you store your processed meat. If at all possible, meat should be hung in a cool, ventilated spot that is secure from wildlife. Scraps that are not suitable for human consumption and bones can be bagged and frozen and put out in City of Whitehorse compost collection bins on pickup day, brought to the dump for disposal, or donated to local dog mushers. If you use a meat cache or have a smokehouse, consider electric fencing for these areas. Freezers should be stored indoors or securely locked using additional hasps if stored outdoors. Some simple planning around managing the meat and scraps from your hunt can reduce the chances of attracting bears to your property, creating potential public safety hazards and keep Yukon bears wild & alive. For more on managing attractants on our properties, go to: http://www.env.gov.yk.ca/environment-you/bearsafety.php#yard
2. a fed bear is a dead bear!
The best possible piece of advice we can give from spring to late fall is "DON'T FEED THE BEARS!"a
Here are ways that people feed bears. Please avoid all of them.
1. Un-secure garbage, compost, recycling on your property
2. Un-secure garbage etc. in your camp
3. Enticing bears by leaving food for them or throwing/handing food to them anywhere, anytime
4. Providing easy access to chicken coops, other livestock, feed, manure, etc. Please put an electric fence around all of it.
5. Bird feeders. Please put them away from March - November and clean up the spilled shells and seeds underneath. Several bears have been destroyed this year because of access to bird feeders.
6. Gardens. Put an electric fence around them, especially if you are using fish fertilizers, growing root vegetables or berries.
7. Fish camps. Put an electric fence around them. Portable electric fencing is inexpensive.
8. Outdoor food storage. Please consider not storing food in outdoor freezers, fridges and meat chaches. If you must, please use electric fencing, locking latches on both ends of your freezers and refrigerators and a bear proof system for caches.
9. Petroleum products. Yep, they love them. Keep all petroleum products (fuel, oil, spray foam, rigid foam, bicycle seats, etc. locked up.
Thanks everyone and have a safe, enjoyable bear season!