Alaska Grizzly Attacks Runner

Anchorage Black Bear Gets Into Too Much Garbage

AK Department Of Fish & Game, Bear Hunting Magazine
10/14/2009

Alaska wildlife officials will continue to search for a grizzly bear believed responsible for several attacks in Far North Bicentennial Park while on the same day Anchorage city police shot and killed a black bear eating garbage Sunday in a nearby neighborhood.

The grizzly, a sow with two cubs, is wanted because it mauled a runner Friday on the same trail a mountain biker was mauled earlier this summer. Wildlife officials believe that this bear is responsible for a number of charges and attacks in recent weeks, and they said they will kill it if located.

As for the black bear, police decided it was too bold and too familiar with the neighborhood, Anchorage Police sergeant Rod Ryan stated and that is why it was killed.

"We were yelling and clapping our hands, and he would not leave the area. He was not in fear," Ryan said. "We followed him for about two blocks and he was walking the neighborhood, knocking over garbage cans and looking for food."

The bear could have fled into a greenbelt bordering the neighborhood but instead went from house to house, a decision that convinced police it was a danger to the neighborhood. Ryan said police killed the black bear because it would not leave and it was not scared of people. Police do not carry tranquilizer guns, he said, and no one was available at the state Department of Fish and Game, whom police call when they think darting a bear is an option.

Far North Bicentenniel Park, where bears having been making a lot of news this summer, Fish and Game spokesman Bruce Bartley said a search Saturday night turned up no sign of the mama bear who sent the runner, Clivia Feliz to the hospital.

"The chances of running into that bear are slim to none unless she charges us," he said. "For a few days, we'll walk the trail and see if that happens."

Bartley said the area is too densely forested to look for the bear by air. And he said other options of getting rid of the bear are not feasible. A culvert trap or a snare is likely to get one of the cubs instead of the sow," Bartley said. Tranquilizing the bear is also not an option, because if the bear is charging a wildlife official and the official darts it, the bear has a good five or ten minutes before the drug kicks in which is why darting is almost always done from the air.



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