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Watch A Bear And Her Two Cubs Get Released Into The Wild By A Yukon Conservation Officer
July 11, 2014
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Environment Yukon posted this video yesterday of a pair of their conservation officers — Aaron and Larry — releasing a black bear and her two cubs into the wilderness. After the hatch opens, the sow (a.k.a. mama bear) charges right out of the truck and gives a swift kick (and slobber) to one of the cameras before her two little cubs follow her out.

The three bears had been spirited away from the Whitehorse area after they were rooting around in household garbage. "Relocation isn't an ideal situation because there's no guarantee they'll adapt to their new habitat," writes Environment Yukon, "but it was the best option here."

They also provide advice for those hoping to keep bears away: "Using a locking mechanism on garbage and compost bins or keeping them secure inside until pick-up days can prevent situations like this."

And if you'd like another peek into the life of a wildlife manager in Yukon, here's different clip from Environment Yukon, providing a look at what wood bison get up to when no one's around (the animals were reintroduced to the territory in the late '80s to re-establish their numbers):

UPDATE (July 16/2014): This story had an unfortunate ending: the bear returned to Whitehorse recently, where it was killed by conservation officers.

"The resident opened his garage and the black bear came screaming out of their backyard, so we attempted to adverse condition the bear away from the property twice but the bear returned immediately right after and then hopped into another backyard," conservation officer Ryan Hennings told CBC News. "At that time officers were forced to destroy the bear."

Officers are trying to capture the cubs in order to find them a new home.


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