The bear is over the mountain

The black bear cubs were scared of the ATVs. And their mom didn’t like it. This weekend, the family was spotted munching on a moose carcass…

The black bear cubs were scared of the ATVs.

And their mom didn’t like it.

This weekend, the family was spotted munching on a moose carcass beside the Mt. Sima Road.

When ATVs roared by, the cubs clambered up trees.

But mom stood her ground and challenged the riders.

“Mother was saying, ‘Stay away,’” said Environment spokesperson Dennis Senger on Tuesday.

Several hikers also saw the bears.

The Klondike Snowmobile Association phoned Environment for warning signs, and put them up where Mt. Sima Road joins the Copper Haul Road.

“We wanted to get info out there, so people might decide not to go up there,” said Senger.

“But when you’re out in the woods around Whitehorse, you should always be aware there are bears around.”

The only place in the city where there hasn’t been a bear sighting is Second Avenue and Main Street, he said with a chuckle.

“Regardless of where you are, in subdivisions around Whitehorse, someone’s seen a bear.

“This is bear country.”

On Monday, a black bear was spotted in the greenbelt near Elijah Smith school.

“The bear took off,” said Senger.

“But it was a good wildlife viewing experience.”

Those heading to Fish Lake on the Mt. Sima Road should be aware bears might be in the area, and would be advised to consider an alternate route in the short term, he said.