Whitehorse bear incident map active for second season

Environment Yukon's Bear Incident Map, which tracks reports of conflicts between bears and humans in the Whitehorse area, is up and running for a second summer.
A black bear goes after garbage from a bin in Whitehorse in 2012. (Ken Knutson) (courtesy of Ken Knutson)

Environment Yukon has its Bear Incident Map up and running for a second summer.

The map tracks reports of conflicts between bears and humans in the Whitehorse area.

Conservation officer David Bakica says the map is to draw attention to any trouble spots for bears.

"Most of the conflicts revolve around garbage, compost, occasionally barbecues. Those types of things. The bears view those interesting smells as food source," says Bakica.

He says people should be diligent in keeping their yards free of bear attractants.

He says once a problem bear is reported, the incident will go up on the map.