Bearing bad news

  Tombstone Park is under a 48-hour camping ban after a bear rummaged through two campsites Wednesday night.


Tombstone Park is under a 48-hour camping ban after a bear rummaged through two campsites Wednesday night.

No one was hurt and campers were removed from the campground. The ban is in effect until 8 p.m. Friday.

Conservation officers are monitoring the site and could extend the ban depending whether the bear returns to the campsites, according to Yukon’s Environment department.

The male black bear wandering the clay cliffs in Whitehorse — a source of several bear sightings — has been captured and removed from the area.

The bear had been frequenting the cliffs’ soapberry patches over the past several weeks.

Conservation officers received a call August 18 about a black bear found in a tree at 604 Drury Street. With the help of RCMP, conservation officers darted the bear and transported to an area north of Whitehorse where ripe soapberries were found in abundance.

Meanwhile, the Congdon Creek campground is again closed following new bear sightings.

The campground had briefly closed after a sow and two cubs had wandered through the area. Since reopening, there have been more bear sightings in the area. Officers are not sure if they are the same bears. (JW)


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