Fort Simpson residents urged to be Bear Aware

Kristen Tanche woke up to her younger sister telling her that some bears were in her backyard this morning in the Dehcho community of Fort Simpson.

“I heard her say, ahh there’s a bear. There’s three, there’s four. A mama and her three babies walked past our house and was eating berries in our neighbours yard.”

Tanche lives close to the Simpson Air airstrip, which is the biggest populated area of town.

Environment and Natural Resources wildlife officer Wayne Sabourin says it’s the time of year blackbears wander into town for ripe berries.

“Right around August, berries get ripe, dawgwood berries are their favourite, and they are fattening up for winter. So just be careful, and give the bears their space.”

Bears with cubs can especially be defensive. People are advised to keep their distance, and to keep pets indoors to avoid alarming the bears.

The 24 hour wildlife phone line to report a bear sighting in Fort Simpson is 867-695-7433.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Splash is back as the host of Denendeh Sunrise, CKLB's morning current affairs program. Campbell was mentored by longtime host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Josh, as he's known professionally by folks across the broadcast industry has worked for CBC North, CKRW the Rush in Yukon, and at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving north for his love of radio and Indigenous culture in 2007, Campbell graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program in Belleville, Ontario the traditional territory of the Tyendinaga Mohawks. Campbell is proud of his Scottish and Irish ancestry. He was born and raised along the Tobique River the home of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet Nation.

Be the first to comment on "Fort Simpson residents urged to be Bear Aware"

Leave a comment