someone in Bell's Flats is intentionally feeding bears and opening up the
bear-resistant dumpsters in the middle of the night, giving the bruins access.
In addition, according to Fish and Game biologist Larry Van Daele, a Flats bear
has been shot and wounded with an arrow or a crossbow bolt. He says
no firm connection has been made between the two events, but he does find it
-- (Bear 1 24 sec "I
mean people in Kodiak are ... these, these things.")
KMXT's Jay Barrett the bear was shot with an arrow earlier this week - about
the same time the dumpsters started being opened up:
-- (Bear 2 38 sec "It's
an adult bear ... interesting coincidence, isn't it?")
said the authorities are looking for help from Bell's Flats residents to try
and stop the illicit bear feeding.
-- (Bear 3 17 sec "What
we're doing ... bear gets hurt because of it.")
He said so
far this summer there have been no problem bears around Kodiak City, but the
bears are very focused on packing on the pounds for winter, especially now when
the pink salmon are running.
(The version of the story below ran on the Associated Press wire.)
adult brown bear in Kodiak has recently been shot and wounded with an arrow.
Authorities believe the injury won't cause the bear any lasting harm, but they
are asking residents of the Bell's Flats neighborhood to be extra cautious.
and Game biologist Larry Van Daele said someone in the neighborhood
where the bear was shot started opening the bear-resistant Dumpsters at night
earlier this week, perhaps as a way to lure bears within shooting distance.
that kind of behavior is not tolerable, and believes it is only one or two
people who are feeding the bears, and perhaps shooting at them. He said Alaska
Wildlife Troopers are investigating, and they're asking residents for help in
catching the perpetrators before any humans or bears are injured or killed.
bears fish for salmon in the rivers and creeks that run through Bell's Flats,
none have caused any trouble this summer.