Bear spotted in busy residential Whitehorse neighbourhood

A brown bear was spotted in a residential Whitehorse neighbourhood on Friday. Environment Yukon asks anyone who spots bears near the city to log the sighting on its bear-spotting map.

Brown coloured bear spotted moving toward Lobird Park

A black bear goes after garbage from a bin in Whitehorse in 2012. A bear was sighted in Porter Creek over the weekend, say wildlife officials. (courtesy of Ken Knutson)

A bear was spotted in a busy residential area of Whitehorse, Friday morning.

John Gunter spotted a brown-coloured bear eating on the side of Hamilton Blvd. just after 9 a.m.

"It was heading to Lobird, and there's a trailer park there," Gunter said.

He called Whitehorse by-law, who contacted Environment Yukon conservation officers.

Ken Knutson, conservation officer said it's important all sightings are reported to the department.

"We don't like surprises and we also like to do preemptive work or proactive education before there's a problem," Knutson said. "We don't want to end up seeing someone get hurt or having to shoot an animal or kill the animal."

It's common for bears to be spotted around the city, especially in the spring.

According to Environment Yukon there were 42 encounters with bears in Whitehorse last year. 

Four bears were relocated and one had to be put down. Another two bears were killed by members of the public in self-defence

Environment Yukon has a bear-spotting map for the public to keep track of sightings.