What is your best up-close-and-personal wildlife encounter?

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  • commented 2017-11-30 20:38:52 -0800
    While moving from Alaska back to the lower 48, my husband was in the truck ahead of me going down the Al-Can. We came across a baby black bear along the road. I slowed to see him and wanted to take him home. He looked so lost. I radioed my husband and said “I think he is alone”. As I sat there mesmerized by our close proximity, my husband warned that Mama was probably not far away. I stayed in my truck and eventually left the little guy alone. I sure hope mama was near.
  • commented 2017-11-30 20:21:23 -0800
    We moved to the Yukon about 4 1/2 years ago. We lived in Whitehorse until a year ago in August when we moved to Mt Lorne. I had been fortunate enough to see several bears, caribou, fox and some other woodland creatures, but in the whole time I had never seen a Moose.

    About 6 months after we moved out here, I was looking out the window and noticed a very big dark spot in the field next to our house, I called my husband and he said I think it is a MOOSE!!! Oh boy, I was so excited, we got out the camera and zoomed in…low and behold it was a moose! :D . It was dusk and a little hard to see, but it was a moose! We did get a couple of photos but they were not very clear .. but I had FINALLY seen my first moose! and where??? you ask HA! right in my own back yard!!!

    The story gets better though. About three days later I got home a little earlier than usual and when I took a peek into the field, WHAT did I see?? Not one but TWO moose!!!!! A mom and her yearling son!!… now I had seen THREE moose..and this time I even managed to get some pretty clear pics as proof . My sightings are now almost complete! Now I really really need to see a Wolf

    Kathy P

    Mt Lorne YT
  • commented 2017-11-12 08:42:06 -0800
    Hi there! I live north of Winnipeg Manitoba about 20 minutes. We get almost as cold as the Yukon but not as dark For a long. I recently visited friends in Whitehorse and fell in love with the little city!

    I was there for a week and could have stayed another. What I noticed about the Yukon is it’s beauty everywhere! I lived in Calgary Alberta for 2 yrs and while I got out to the mountains a few times I did find the Yukon’s was much prettier! Got a chance to visit shahwag Alaska and that was so fun! It was a sunny day and 3 ships where in. Thw drive to Skagway was just wonderful. I was getting whip lash because I didn’t know where to look! The crist air was the most I noticed about the Yukon. Loved all the little shops and the one coffee shop, baked :) great atmosphere and friendly staff.

    I want to visit again and am planning on it next summer :)

    Have a happy winter yukoners

  • commented 2017-11-12 08:27:16 -0800
    I was camping in Stewart. and decided. to go to the bear viewing just across the border. In Alaska the parking lot was full so had to park aways up the road as i was walking to the bear viewing platform past a line of parked cars. A large black bear came out from between. two of the cars. Only two cars in front of me. He just walked across the road and ignored me. It happened. So fast all i did was stop and did not move.
  • commented 2017-11-12 05:37:03 -0800
    The first trip I took to the Yukon I was young only 3 (1986)we were camped in the campground across the river from Dawson city. There was a bear roaming around the campground that had been shot with the lead lodged in his head, witch made him a little off he liked to come into the camp ground and steal food. They were trying to trap him but while we were cooking supper that night he decided to roam into our campsite my grandma picked up the steak of the fire pit and ran and hid in her van, my brother and sister and i ran and jumped into our van the first time I ever managed to buckle myself up because that was going to save me, but while my brother sister and I were getting into our van we looked our parents outside and wouldn’t let them in. So they just got to stand and watch the bear as he checked out the fire pit, he did roam off fairly fast to the next camp site and steal food from a cooler, but in the end It all ended well with a fun story to tell for years.
  • commented 2017-11-11 21:58:05 -0800
    While driving from Alaska to Minnesota on the Al-Can Highway, I was in one truck and my husband was in another. I came across a little Black Bear, in the road, no mama around. I could have reached out the door and picked him up he was so close. My husband said “NO” and thought mama would be close by. I was fearful that the little guy would get hit. He was the most precious thing I have ever seen.
  • commented 2017-11-11 14:29:33 -0800
    In 2011 we drove the Dempster Highway for the second time (first time had been in 2009). We had pulled into a spot not far from the Yukon/ N.W.T, border where we had stayed before. Spent a pleasant afternoon photographing the fall colour of the tundra vegetation. We own a Siberian Husky who, the only time she ever actually barks, is when she sees a bear. It was about dinner time, she was tethered to our camper outside, when we heard her bark….looked out and a Grizzly had ambled down towards the highway and was munching berries, probably, quite close to the road. We sat in our camper and watched as a vehicle or two stopped and took pictures with the bear paying no attention, then a couple of guys on motorcycles stopped, got off and started taking pictures….we swear that bear had a sense of humor because he looked at them, took one giant step towards them, which at that point had them scrambling onto their bikes and away…..and then the bear went right back to his evening meal. You could almost see him giggling. Oh, and trip number three is planned for this coming summer…trying to convince some friends to drive the new all weather road to Tuk with us.
  • commented 2017-11-11 11:50:27 -0800
    I was born and raised in Mayo Yukon and miss it terribly. My parents built a long house when they were 18 which my two brothers and I grew up in. There were 3 large windows in our living room. One day a bear decides to get on his hind legs and push and shove on the window to get in. Thank goodness he stopped after he managed to crack the window at an angle from top to bottom. The best part is that while this was happening my mom for some reason went over and locked the front door! Hahaha
  • commented 2017-11-11 09:19:14 -0800
    My sister lives there. I have visited a few times and the Yukon has captured my heart and soul. I cannot wait to move there.
  • commented 2017-11-10 20:18:13 -0800
    As a child I remember leaving Dawson City and going up to the mine for a couple of days. Thick beautiful mountains full of wildlife. We saw many animals up at the mine, moose, wolves, beavers, Lynx, Eagles and bears. My grandparents always reminded us where & How to use the shot guns in case a bear,wolf or moose came to close to the cabin. One late afternoon My Grandmother and I were sitting out side eating biscuits she had just made, enjoying the sun & peacefulness of the outdoors. All of a sudden we heard "Madeline! Get … The … Madeline!!! My grandmother bellowed back " What did you say John"?Get the Cotten pickin gun!!! THERES A BEAR!!!!! My Grandmother fumbled to get the gun as my grandfather came around the corner ! She dropped it and it shot up into the sky. My grandfathers eyes were as big as saucers. He pushed us into the cabin and locked the door…. A few seconds later we saw a large paw reaching up into the kitchen window grabbing my grandmothers pies that were cooling on the window siIe . We watched the black bear devour the three pies. Then he wandered back into the woods. He was beautiful ! But the size of him scared me… I’m sure if he really wanted he would have knocked the door down & eaten us all. I don’t think that big old black bear was ever going to eat my grandfather. He just wanted my grandmothers blueberry pies…
  • commented 2017-11-10 18:33:34 -0800
    I seen 2 black bars while travelling in the Yukon. My brother took me there 2016 for 3 weeks .Or were they grizzly’s
  • commented 2017-11-10 06:48:06 -0800
    The first morning in Whitehorse, we saw a baby bald eagle hanging out around the Edgewater hotel by the river. According to a local that doesn’t happen often!
  • commented 2017-11-09 17:38:06 -0800
    Fishing many years ago out at “The Fishing Hole” by Jake’s Corner with a friend. Floating down the river was something. Turns out it was a mamma bear and 2 cubs, cute little things. They hit land about 15 feet from where we were standing. We were willing to give up our hard earned grayling as long as she left us alone. She shooed her cubs into the bush and took a look at us, grunted and followed her cubs. My friend and I headed for the top of the embankment as fast as we could. I have been in the Yukon for about 2 years at this time. One of my most scariest and awesome experiences.
  • commented 2017-10-20 17:41:30 -0700
    It was on our first morning in Whitehorse. Finished breakfast at the Edgewater hotel and went for a walk along the Yukon river, there was a baby bald eagle sitting on the posts in the river looking for food. So cool, a local we met told us that it’s truly rare to see them that close to town.
  • commented 2017-09-20 15:59:02 -0700
    In fall of 2015, we rented a 28 ft RV and drove around for 2 weeks. Beautiful scenery and seeing a momma moose with her baby right on the side of the road was great. We were able to slow down and get photos from the RV without even disturbing them. The Lynx we saw was beautiful, but a bit of a scary moment as it ran out in front of us and stopped in the middle of the road. We hammered on the brakes and as we slid towards it, we could see the shocked expression on it’s face. Thank goodness we missed it.
  • commented 2017-09-20 14:20:16 -0700
    I just love it when the wildlife actually stops and poses for a photo op. Driving into Mayo, I noticed a lynx on the side of the road, instead of running away, it stopped, sat down and posed. First time I saw one up close (other than at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve) Very exciting. What a beautiful cat.
  • commented 2017-09-20 13:34:45 -0700
    I was driving north of Eagle Plains when I saw 2 ears sticking out from the ground, I backed up and pulled into the Arctic Circle pullout and this bear started walking away.
  • commented 2017-09-01 12:18:48 -0700
    In summer 1978, I hiked the Cottonwood Trail in Kluane N.P. alone, camping the first night at Mush Lake, then heading up to Dalton Pass, camping near the summit. The next morning, I headed further north, above the valley of what I believe was Shrikes Creek. I noticed something moving below and, with binoculars, saw a good-sized golden-brown grizzly sow and similarly colored cub in the willow brush, a bit east of where I wanted to go. However, they were working their way upstream, away from me, so I was not too worried.

    Then, as I was about to descend the slope to the creek, I noticed that the bears were directly below me, having moved a considerable distance downstream since I first saw them. They seemed agitated and both stood up on their hind legs, side by side – mother and cub, facing toward me, but apparently unaware of me. Unfortunately, I was too far away for a photo. Would not have wanted to get much closer anyway. Suddenly, they both went down on all fours and raced downstream, obviously scared.

    Shortly after, it became obvious what they were afraid of. A BIG mahogany colored male grizzly appeared from upstream, striding aggressively, with occasional stops to turn over sod. He passed downhill from me and stood up against a small tree, bending his legs at the knees to rub his back against it. The tree was too light to hold still against his massive weight, so he reached behind his head and held it still with a paw, so he could have a good rub. Again, unable to get a photo, but really did see it happen.

    After a while, the male went on his way and, after a good hour’s wait to let him get ahead, I descended the slope and walked downstream, yahooing loudly to alert any bears in the area. Did come across one young male (I think) which ran off, but never did see any of the original three again. Eventually made it to Kathleen Lake and back to the highway, footsore, but elated.
  • commented 2017-08-30 13:59:05 -0700
    I work for YNoO so I can’t win, but I can SHARE! One night I was driving from Carcross to pick family up off of the late Air North flight. It was October, so it was already dark out but it hadn’t snowed yet and the roads were clear.

    I came around a corner and a small, indeterminate pile of roadkill came into view of my headlights. Rather than plow over it again, I swerved slightly to go around it. Just as I swerved and passed, it turned its head and looked up at me. OWL!!!

    I turned around and then came back around so that it was in my headlights while I tried to figure out what to do. I rummaged through the car for any suitable rescue items.

    Armed with a beach towel and my daughter’s Disney bike basket, I opened the door. Amazingly the little boreal owl let me pick it up and check it over for injuries. As I held it in my hands, trying to get a better look at its legs, it took off without me so much as feeling it go and disappeared into the darkness. Then it flew back and circled overhead several times before settling on a roadside tree branch. MAGICAL!
  • commented 2017-08-30 08:01:11 -0700
    I had arrived in Dawson on my motorbike a day earlier than expected and decided to take a spin over to the Alaska border. As I neared the border I found myself confronted with hundreds of caribou crossing the highway. What a sight! I managed to get some pretty good shots off with my cellphone. I learned later that this was the FourtyMile Herd and there were possibly thousands moving through the area.

    I will never forget that experience!
  • commented 2017-08-29 06:35:12 -0700
    While backpacking with a friend in Kluane National Park, we spotted a grizzly bear early in the afternoon. We made camp that night, cooked and ate our food a good distance from our tents and left our bear barrels a good distance away while we slept. When I got up the next morning, I was puzzled when I spotted a boulder nearby that I didn’t remember seeing the day before. While looking at it, the “boulder” stretched and got up. It was the bear we had spotted the day before. I called to my friend who was still sleeping and we watched the bear as it dug up a ground squirrel nearby, sniffed out the spot where we had cooked and eaten food the night before. The bear then stopped about 50’ from where we were standing, stood up on its hind legs and looked at us curiously. It stood for a few moments just looking, then dropped back onto all fours and ambled away. I’ll never forget that moment…
  • commented 2017-08-25 18:25:10 -0700
    Every once in a while you get a chance to connect with a wild animal – to share a moment. Driving down the Mayo Lake Road one Fall. I stopped to check for cranberries at the side of the road. I was playing music on the car’s CD player and as I wanted to continue listening to it while out of the car, I opened up the windows and cranked up the volume a bit. While on the edge of the road, I suddenly became aware that while there was only one soprano singing on the CD, I was hearing a second voice singing as well. I immediately suspected I knew what I was hearing, and sure enough, when I looked up the road about 100 ft., there was a black wolf sitting there, his head tipped back howling with the music! He stopped singing, and looked at me. I was sure he said ‘What?! He then began to trot further up the road, so I got in the car and attempted to follow him to take a picture. I stopped where he had by now turned off the road and into the bush. There he was , his head turned back to look at me. We locked eyes for a moment – and then he was gone. The singer on my CD was Jackie Evancho – I think she’d be thrilled to know she’d been howling with wolves.
  • commented 2017-08-23 09:34:51 -0700
    For my 50th birthday, I took a solo motorcycle trip to remote places of the Yukon (Nahanni Range Road, The North Canol Road, Dempster Hwy, etc…). Lots and lots of wildlife encounters over my years of travel in the north. However, one incident stands out more than any other… I was riding solo on the North Canol Road (north of Ross River) and one point my helmet mounted GoPro was malfunctioning. I stopped to get off my bike to take the battery out and reset it. As I got it working, I decided to do a quick commentary and a black bear popped out the bushes RIGHT IN FRONT ME!!! I turned and ran back to the bike to hit the horn. Probably the wrong thing to do… but I was scared!! However, when I turned around the bear was gone… but it took a big dump in the road… more like a big squirt on the road. It squirted scat nearly all the way across the road. I guess I scared it as well. I had to do a self check of my own breeches. All dry. Documented on video as well here (https://youtu.be/1npgOzKbRn4?t=24m38s )
  • commented 2017-08-14 13:41:19 -0700
    Was walking home from Vanier high school on the trails behind Hyland Crescent and from the bush comes a coyote. He was in arms reach and we stared each other down for what seemed like eternity. I never moved in fear of startling him. Thankfully he lost interest and turned back the way he came. .
  • commented 2017-08-14 10:28:12 -0700
    Camped at Duo Lakes. Camp cooking and food storage a quarter mile apart

    Woke up to Griz in food. He ignored the meat and veggies. He was scared off by the pot and Dutch Oven percussion section

    Missing: six bagels
  • commented 2017-08-14 09:49:01 -0700
    Golfing at the course just outside of Dawson City is always a Yukon adventure. I have watched a raven scoop up my pretty pink ball from the fairway and fly away with it. A beautiful black fox sits waiting by the 8th hole grabbing our balls off the green and disappearing into the bush with them. A lynx once sauntered across the fairway as I teed up. A grizzly killed a baby moose and left it on the 9th hole T box cutting short our game that day.
  • commented 2017-08-14 09:27:53 -0700
    In the summer of 1972, I was working at Wolf Creek detention centre, shift work. After working the night shift, i drove out to a cabin where some friends were working in the bush for their boss. Arriving as they were just getting ready to leave for work, they told me there was a young black bear around and it had, in fact, been clawing at the siding. Now this is just a small one room cabin, about 10×12 feet with the door on one side near a corner. After my friends left, I lay down to sleeep on the couch which was against the wall farthest from the door, which i had left open because it was hot by then. After a bit, i woke with a start to find the bear inside the cabin, raiding the garbage can. I probably made some noise when i woke up(!) but luckily he knew where the door was, and he hightailed out of there!
  • commented 2017-08-14 08:28:11 -0700
    Charlie’s Angels meet young black bear: Four ladies went out to hike White Mountain and were a little off course. Once discovering this they turned around to see a young black bear on the trail. All four whipped out their bear spray looking like Charlie’s Angels. Not sure if we all let them off at once what would have happened. We decided to look big and yell at the bear. We thought he left so we walked further down the trail until we spotted a big clearing on the hill and could see the Atlin road below. We waited for awhile before a brief bush wacking down the hill to get on the road. We walked back to the vehicle but on the way, there he was sitting in the ditch waiting for us…peek-a-boo! Soon a tourist in a big motor home finally arrived and we told them our predicament. They wanted to see the bear, we said to step out as we were sure he would come again. Needless to say, a great story with a happy ending and a great Yukon story from when I lived there.
  • commented 2017-08-06 11:03:01 -0700
    I was a nurse at the Ross River nursing station, on a day off, driving out to Whitehorse . At the Emergency Landing Strip ( a lovely green field.) I saw a Grizzly ahead of me, munching away not noticing me. So, I stopped and. bravely took the camera and walked slowly ahead of my truck to get a shot, then further ahead for another one. I glanced back to check on the distance back to the truck, and there they were, two more grizzlies ,on the road behind behind it, walking towards it and me. A hell and a sprint got me back into the truck and speeding away. Later I realized that they were probably older cubs just curious about the truck and me. But I certainly didn’t hang around to find out!
  • commented 2017-08-06 09:37:12 -0700
    My family was on a fly-in hunting trip when I was 14. We spent the day hiking and climbing the mountains around our base camp in search of caribou. We were enjoying the view of the mountains around us when we saw some patches of ice/snow on the north face of a mountain across a small valley from us. There was a group of 5 or 6 woodland caribou there as well. What was interesting was that they were running to the top of the snow patch and sliding down on their bums! They’d slide down, get up, and scamper to the top and slide down again. We sat and just watched them for a long time, enjoying their play time with absolute amazement. We had no idea that caribou played like that and couldn’t bear to ruin their fun. We moved on to another area and left them to their play. It was a magical experience and we still talk about it 26 years later.