The Be Bear Aware colouring book, for children aged five to 11, also has new safety messages based on the latest knowledge of bear behavior. Providing bear safety advice is some of the most important work we do, This coloring book with its up-to-date messages is one of Environment Yukon’s contributions to the Year of the Great Bear Legacy. Our goal is to increase the safety and bushwisdom of our children while encouraging appreciation of bears. An Environment Yukon team made up of conservation officers and staff from wildlife viewing, conservation education, parks and protected areas, hunter education and communications updated the colouring book.
Environment Yukon’s former bear biologist John Hechtel, now with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, acted as a technical advisor on the project. Fifteen years ago people were advised to play dead if contact with a bear seemed inevitable. Since then, however, biologists have identified two different types of attacks: a defensive attack, in which playing dead is the proper response, and a predacious attack, in which playing dead is exactly the wrong thing to do.
The new Be Bear Aware does not ask children to analyze the attack, decide what type it is and respond accordingly – tall orders under the circumstances. Instead, it communicates a simple message, advising children not to “play dead unless the bear hits you. A second improvement is the promotion of the buddy system for children on wilderness trips. The third major change is the distinction between a spoiled bear at a campground and a wild bear in the wilderness. In a wilderness situation a person should take steps to help the bear identify them as humans; in a campground they should go straight to a safe place because the bear already knows what they are people who may have food. view more: E Tax Depreciation Schedules
Be Bear Aware is available at Environment Yukon offices throughout the Yukon. WHITEHORSE – Emerging Yukon artists are invited to apply to the 2003 Canada Winter Games – National Artists Program. The Program is open to artists aged 16 to 23 who are committed to pursuing their further development as artists. This is a great opportunity for them to showcase their talents and to create new work alongside Canadian artists from every region. The program focuses on four artistic disciplines: dance, music, theatre and visual arts.