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.
More Bear sightings in Liidlii Kue/Ft.Simpson, NWT. ENR officers urge people to keep their distance from bears and to call their local wildlife office. The #Bearline in Fort Simpson is 867-695-7433. #CKLB pic.twitter.com/k2fJwdTbw4
— Josh Campbell (@NorthernLefty) August 14, 2018
The 24 hour wildlife phone line to report a bear sighting in Fort Simpson is 867-695-7433.