Far fewer bears killed this year as an outcome of the interaction with human beings than in the previous 2 seasons, say Yukon conservation officers– and it’s most likely due to weather.
” While these numbers are below last years … this year’s a type of a typical year,” stated David Bakica, a conservation officer
Yukon Conservation Officer Services provided its yearly bear report in Whitehorse on Thursday.
33 bears were killed this year: 22 by conservation officers and 11 by the public, in what is called “Protection of life or home” eliminates.
This year marks a sharp decline in bear deaths since 2015, when 65 bears were eliminated, and 2017, with 54.
The overall bear events conservation officers reacted to was likewise down: 163 compared to 267 in 2018 and 206 in 2017.
“Management of tourists is the most crucial thing that Yukoners can do to keep bears alive”. – David Bakica, the conservation officer said.
However, prior to Yukoners patting themselves on the back for effectively keeping their homes safe from bears, Bakica stated the decline in human-bear interactions was most likely due to the weather condition.
Last spring and summertime’s warm temperature levels developed beneficial conditions for bears.
” There were great berry crops, excellent natural forage for the bears.”
Bakica stated it’s likewise normal to see a drop in bear disputes after a number of especially bad seasons with a lot of bear casualties since there are fewer bears around to enter into difficulty.
Secure animals with electrical fencing: officers
Yukon conservation officers state when bears are out, Yukoners must protect or hide anything that can draw in a bear into locations people inhabit, such as pet food, barbecues and berry bushes.
Chicken cages were a specific problem this season he stated, as one grizzly entered into 7 chicken cages.
Setting up an electrical fence is the best-known method to keep bears and other wildlife far from cages, he stated that conservation officers established an electrical fence this summer and a bear had never gotten into it, even after 3 attempts.
Bakica stated that when the bear returned a number of times, it was effectively deflected by the fence each time.
“That’s a prime example of how these electrical fences work,” he stated.
The officer likewise said that electrical fences must be utilized around other animals too, consisting of pigs and turkeys.
Is the heavy-handed method required?
Bakica stated that “conservation officers might begin to release more wildlife defense pamphlets, which offer individuals instructions to handle or eliminate their attractants”.
Individuals who do not do so within a particular time might be charged under the Wildlife Protection Act– although Bakica stated they didn’t charge anybody this year.
The procedure is complaint-driven, suggesting that the conservation officers aren’t on the prowl searching for attractants, however, rather react to issues after they are reported.