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Bear Incident Map

Bears roaming in residential areas are a safety risk, to humans and to the bears themselves. This map shows where human-bear conflict ("incidents") has been reported to Conservation Officers, such as bears getting into garbage. The markers show the general location of bear incidents, but not specific addresses.


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You Can Help Keep Bears Wild and Alive

Ensure your property is free of bear attractants such as garbage, pet food and waste, compost and just about anything that smells. It is against the law to feed dangerous wildlife. Wild animals that associate humans with food can quickly come to pose a threat to people.

If you see bears where they shouldn’t be, or overflowing dumpsters that can easily attract bears, call the 24/7 TIPP line at 1-800-661-0525 or, if in the Whitehorse area, 667-8005. You can also make a report online at www.env.gov.yk.ca/tipp.

Destroying bears is a worst case scenario, resorted to only when other attempts to remove a bear fail. You can help prevent such an outcome by keeping bear attractants out of your yard and reporting poorly managed attractants. Prevention is the best way to ensure the safety of people and bears.

2013 Incidents Summary

Between May 27, 2013 and September 23, 2013 approximately 42 human-bear conflicts in the Whitehorse District were reported to Environment Yukon. The majority of the complaints involved black bears – only three involved grizzly bears.

Following the department’s human/wildlife conflict guidelines, Environment Yukon staff relocated four bears. One bear was hit by a vehicle but not killed; it was later put down by a Conservation Officer. An additional two bears were killed by members of the public in defence of life or property.
Note that it is only legal to kill dangerous wildlife when there is an imminent threat to human safety or a risk of irreparable harm to private property.

Additional Resources


Conservation Officer Services

Environment Yukon

Government of Yukon

Box 2703 (V-18)
Whitehorse, Yukon
Canada Y1A 2C6

Phone (Whitehorse): 867-667-8005
Toll free (in Yukon): 1-800-661-0408
T.I.P.P. Line:

Fax: 867-393-6206

Email: coservices@gov.yk.ca