At least one restless grizzly bear continues to roam the Anchorage Hillside, looking for an easy meal and surprising some residents who assumed bears are hibernating for the winter.
After sightings in the Upper DeArmoun Road area in recent weeks, one family had a close encounter early Wednesday when the bear raided a trash bag left outside their home on Jeanne Road, off Upper DeArmoun Road.
"It's just hungry," said Michael Mac Donald, who spotted the bear about 2 a.m. Wednesday. "It had our turkey carcass that was in the trash. It was looking for leftovers."
Mac Donald said he had seen the same bear while walking his family's dog, a yellow Labrador named Riley, about two weeks earlier. It was dark, the bear was on a hill, and Mac Donald did not see it until shining his headlamp at the hill.
"There's two eye shines coming back right at me," he said. "It rose on its hind legs and the eye shine went up, probably, a good three feet above me."
He's apparently a young one, and one witness said he's not very large (300 pounds, maybe). But still ... not a good idea to tangle with a brown bear, regardless of size.
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