Family of grizzlies moved out of Whitehorse

A family of grizzlies that wandered into Whitehorse's Granger subdivision were guided out of the city yesterday by conservation officers and a little bit of extra help.

A family of grizzlies that wandered into Whitehorse’s Granger subdivision were guided out of the city yesterday by conservation officers and a little bit of extra help.

When the sow and her two cubs were spotted on Hamilton Boulevard just past the Big Way around 9 a.m. two trained protectors just happened to be in the area to offer a helping hand. A pair of karelian dogs were in Whitehorse yesterday as part of work the city is doing to identify bear attractants around town.

They’d also been in Carcross last week conditioning bears there to stay away from town.

The dogs are trained at the Wind River institute in B.C. They’re used to teach bears to move away from human voices, vehicles, or in this case, barking.

“While they were here it was just timely that we were able to call them and say can you help us with this,” said Kris Gustafson, director of conservation officer services.

Gustafson said he believes the same bears had been chased away from town last year with dogs. “Today when they were exposed to the dogs again and to the sound of the human voice yelling they moved away again.”

Gustafson said dogs have advantages over humans when it comes to managing bears.

“They can detect the bear without having to actually see it. Based on the strength of the scents and those sort of factors the dog can assess where the bear is,” he said.

“Sometimes with bears we may scare them away and they may just circle behind us. You can fool us, but you couldn’t fool the dog. The dog would recognize immediately what was going on just because of the scent.”

It took a couple of hours to herd the bears away from people, first to the Mount McIntyre trails, and finally to a wooded area near Fish Lake.

Help was also on hand from the RCMP and Environment Yukon’s park officers.

Just Posted

Car crashes through Whitehorse school fence

2 people taken to hospital, no kids hurt

Tagish dog rescue owner asks for court order to get rid of dogs to be put on hold

Shelley Cuthbert argued forcing her to get rid of all but two dogs would cause ‘irreparable harm’

Yukon College officially unveils new $3.59M Whitehorse learning space

Innovation Commons designed to let the sunlight in

No vacancy: Whitehorse family spends five months seeking housing

‘I didn’t think it would be this hard’

Bedbug situation in Whitehorse building becoming intolerable, resident says

Gabriel Smarch said he’s been dealing with bedbugs since he moved into his apartment 15 years ago

The week in Yukon mining

Goldcorp re-submits Coffee plans, Mount Nansen sale looms, Kudz Ze Kayah comments open

Painting the past: Kaska artist explores his childhood in new show

‘I used to say I painted and I carved. But now I say it’s through my ancestors.’

Yukon hockey briefs

Dylan Cozens named WHL player of the week

Rain and warm weather makes for interesting Carbon Hill race day

‘I guess we all start getting used to this crazy weather.’

Ice, ice, baby: scaling a frozen Yukon waterfall

‘There’s a really transformative affect with adventure’

Delegate blunt about proposed location of cannabis retail stores

‘Marijuana has had a stigma of being a bad thing’

What does the NDP need to gain power once again?

The party will need to do some soul searching before we head to the polls again

Most Read