Conservation officers have so far found no evidence after a man reported being attacked by a bear Thursday.
Officers were called in the late afternoon to the greenbelt area between Hamilton Boulevard, Hillcrest and the Alaska Highway, but Environment Yukon says “the investigation into the incident could not confirm that a bear was involved.”
A bear trap was placed in the area, just in case.
Earlier this month conservation officers were called after a black bear sow and her two cubs were sighted in the south Hamilton Boulevard area. Bears have also been seen in the Copper Ridge, Hidden Valley/McPherson and Riverdale/Hidden Lakes areas.
During their latest investigation, conservation officers noticed that several of the people they interviewed were listening to music with earbuds. That would make it harder to hear if there were any animals nearby.
“When walking in the bush, it is best to carry bear spray in a holster, keep dogs leashed and be able to hear what is going on around you,” Environment Yukon advises.
The department is reminding Yukoners to also do their best to secure garbage and compost bins.
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