A 750-pound Kodiak brown bear boar peers out from a dumpster in Bell's Flats, moments before he was shot and killed by Alaska State Troopers. Repeated attempts to scare the bear away failed. Note the bent steel "bear-resistant" door the bear pried open to get in. Trooper photo
State Troopers, in consultation with the Fish and Game wildlife managers, shot
a large problem bear in Bell's Flats on Sunday. Fish and Game biologist Larry
Van Daele announced the shooting Wednesday morning.
male bear had been scared off several times with non-lethal rounds and loud
shots called "cracker shells," but kept coming back to the large "roll-on"
Dumpster at Sargent Creek. Van Daele says the bear had started bending open the
bear-resistant doors to the dumpster to get inside. A photograph supplied with
the press release showed the bear peering out from inside. Van Daele said that
he and the Troopers agreed the bear needed to be put down. It's the first
problem bear shot in the Kodiak City area this summer.
was about 12-years old, but despite his age, this is the first year he has
gotten into this kind of trouble. Van Daele suspects a slow and late berry
season may have prompted the bear to find food in Dumpsters, and was rewarded
well enough for his efforts that he kept coming back for the easy meals.
seen frequently fishing in the small rivers in Bell's Flats, and Van Daele says
there are more in that area, around the Coast Guard Base and the Buskin River
that are getting easy meals from unsecured Dumpsters. He said Fish and Game is
working closely with Alaska Waste to put bear-resistant dumpsters where they're
needed, but he reminds residents that they only work if they are closed