As with humans, meat is a highly valuable source of calories for other carnivores, including bears, cougars, foxes, coyotes, some birds, weasels and rodents. Meat caches, gut piles, drying fish and smokers are all common targets for wildlife looking for a meal. Together, these human food sources account for as many conflicts with wildlife in the Yukon as household waste.

Hunters report more trouble with bears in the backcountry than any other backcountry travellers. It is, therefore, very important that you expect to see and attract bears and go prepared to manage that risk.

Here are two great resources which address safe hunting and meat dressing practices:

Yukon Government Hunt WiselyFirst Nations perspectives