Sometimes People Are the Problem
|from the linked story at the Anchorage Daily News|
The bears have been spotted on the campuses of the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University, as well as on property owned by Providence Alaska Medical Center, according to UAA police.Photo gallery of three bears here. No Goldilocks, though.
The trio has been in the area for at least a week and seems to pose little threat to people nearby. But a close call on Thursday highlighted the dangerous possibilities.
UAA Police Chief Rick Shell said the bear had treed her cubs near a UAA bike path after getting into garbage cans at several area bus stops and walking through the campus. But it isn't the bears Shell is worried about -- it's the people.
"Our biggest concern is the two-legged critters that stop to get photographs and video," Shell said. People are getting too close to the bears, he added.
Brown Bear Shot After Breaking Kitchen Window
A wildlife trooper shot and killed a brown bear in Sitka Tuesday after the animal ripped off a window screen and reached its paw into a trailer, said the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
The break-in occurred around 2:45 p.m. on the 5300 block of Halibut Point Road. A homeowner called police and said she had locked herself in a bedroom. A bear was trying to get into her kitchen, said the Sitka Police Department's call summary.
Police responded with Tim Hall, a wildlife trooper, and Phil Mooney, a local biologist. The incident took place in the same neighborhood where a woman watched in May as a bear devoured her Chihuahua-pug Paco. That incident was widely covered by the media.
On Tuesday, the homeowner told authorities that she had pulled a pizza out of the oven and placed it on the counter when she heard banging. There was a large window in the kitchen area, Mooney said.
"(The bear) reached up and pulled the screen back, folded it back and reached in," he said.