bears

A black bear saunters across a busy street downtown in 2018. A larger than normal number of young bears and dwindling natural food supply for them are forcing the animals to head for Juneau’s garbage with unusual frequency, a wildlife official said. KTOO Public Media reports that a poor berry crop and lackluster salmon runs mean more bears are looking for food among the city’s trash. (AP Photo / Becky Bohrer)

More young bears, less food send them to Juneau’s garbage

A poor berry crop and lackluster salmon runs contribute.

 

The Juneau Bear Committee will be identifying and tagging trash cans that lack bear-resistant characteristics with these stickers the week of Aug. 31. (Courtesy art / Juneau Police Department)

Juneau Bear Committee canvassing to tag inadequate trash cans

This year’s young bears are bold and plentiful.

 

A bear broke into a pizza delivery car Friday morning, chasing the sweet scent. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Pizza)

Bear breaks into car chasing scent of pizza

The interior was shredded, but it’s already getting fixed

A bear broke into a pizza delivery car Friday morning, chasing the sweet scent. (Courtesy photo / Juneau Pizza)
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File                                 A black bear sow and her cub walk along the Trail of Time at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. A lack of visitors to the area this year may have emboldened bears to explore surrounding areas, local experts said, although it’s hard to know for sure.

Are more bears wandering in residential areas? It’s hard to say

Less tourists and early-summer hunger could be pushing them into areas usually more crowded.

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File                                 A black bear sow and her cub walk along the Trail of Time at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. A lack of visitors to the area this year may have emboldened bears to explore surrounding areas, local experts said, although it’s hard to know for sure.
A black bear feeds on dandelions near Peterson Creek in this August 2018 photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Be mindful of inquisitive ursine neighbors as weather warms

Bears are trash scavengers, particularly in lean years

A black bear feeds on dandelions near Peterson Creek in this August 2018 photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A black bear is seen at the Alaska State Capitol on Oct. 4, 2018. (Megan Wallace | Courtesy photo)

Bear-ly any nuisance bears in Juneau this year

A ‘paws’ in unwelcome ursine visitors.

A black bear is seen at the Alaska State Capitol on Oct. 4, 2018. (Megan Wallace | Courtesy photo)
Bear 153 was the topic of Laurie Craig’s Fireside Lecture Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Laurie Craig)

Since a young age, this bear has lived with an audience

Think Nicky is too mainstream? Here’s your bear.

Bear 153 was the topic of Laurie Craig’s Fireside Lecture Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Laurie Craig)
LaVern Beier speaks during his Fireside Lecture about Gobi bears at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Friday, Feb.1, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)

Bear with him: Retired researcher talks about studying world’s most endangered bear

There are fewer than 50 of these bears left and he’s touched three of them.

LaVern Beier speaks during his Fireside Lecture about Gobi bears at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Friday, Feb.1, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
A black bear crosses the Glacier Spur Road in August 2008. This is likely not the bear that was hit and killed this past weekend. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A black bear crosses the Glacier Spur Road in August 2008. This is likely not the bear that was hit and killed this past weekend. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A brown bear on the trail at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. This is not the brown bear suspected in a mauling near Greens Creek Mine on Monday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Greens Creek contracted employee dead after bear mauling

One person is reportedly dead after being mauled by a bear near Greens Creek Mine.

A brown bear on the trail at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. This is not the brown bear suspected in a mauling near Greens Creek Mine on Monday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A black bear is seen at the Alaska State Capitol at 4:12 p.m. Thursday in this photo taken by Megan Wallace and provided to the Empire. The bear wandered downtown Juneau at the start of the evening rush hour, lingering outside Dimond Courthouse, the Capitol, Key Bank and a bear statue. (Megan Wallace | Courtesy photo)

Black bear visits Capitol, courthouse

A black bear caused a brief stir in downtown Juneau on Thursday afternoon after it wandered onto the front steps of the Alaska Capitol, meandered… Continue reading

A black bear is seen at the Alaska State Capitol at 4:12 p.m. Thursday in this photo taken by Megan Wallace and provided to the Empire. The bear wandered downtown Juneau at the start of the evening rush hour, lingering outside Dimond Courthouse, the Capitol, Key Bank and a bear statue. (Megan Wallace | Courtesy photo)
Bear breaks into Bartlett

Bear breaks into Bartlett

Staff and patients at Bartlett Regional Hospital received a surprise visitor on Monday evening. It wasn’t another patient in unbearable pain, but something different: A… Continue reading

Bear breaks into Bartlett
Flowers bloom at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum in July 2018. The Arboretum is closed until further notice due to excessive on-site bear activity. The closure is expected to last approximately two to three weeks. Visitor access will not be allowed during this time and no exceptions will be made. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Bears edge out humans at Arboretum

Ursine interest in the city’s botanical garden has made visits too dangerous

Flowers bloom at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum in July 2018. The Arboretum is closed until further notice due to excessive on-site bear activity. The closure is expected to last approximately two to three weeks. Visitor access will not be allowed during this time and no exceptions will be made. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Anan visitor permits go on sale Feb. 1

Permits to visit Anan Wildlife Observatory near Wrangell will go on sale at 8 a.m. Feb. 1 for the summer 2018 season, the U.S. Forest… Continue reading

Garbage bear shot dead

A black bear believed to have a taste for garbage was found dead Sept. 18 behind Mendenhall Mall. News of the death was released Friday… Continue reading

Tory Houser, left, and Dee Galla, of the U.S. Forest Service, persaude a brown bear to move off the trail at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

What can bears bear?

ANAN WILDLIFE OBSERVATORY — When the bear faced her, Forest Service ranger Trina Wade had a gun and pepper spray. She used neither. “Ho bear,… Continue reading

Tory Houser, left, and Dee Galla, of the U.S. Forest Service, persaude a brown bear to move off the trail at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)