Kodiak residents kill 15-20 bears each year in defense of life or property.
This year only one has been killed. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife
Biologist Larry Van Daele says the sharp decline in threatening bear encounters
is probably a result of hunter education and a good berry season.
-- (Bears 1 :32 "People
around here are getting ... both for the bears and the people.")
says the most common situations when humans will have a dangerous encounter
with a bear are either during fall hunting or if a bear becomes used to human
food or garbage. He says that the DF&G has worked to educate people on how
to avoid bears.
-- (Bears 2 :25 "The
way we've tried to address that ... stored in a way that a bear can get to it.")
night fresh bear tracks were found near the Wal-Mart. Van Daele says that as
the weather gets colder it becomes less likely to have a run-in with a bear,
though not impossible.
-- (Bears 3 :12 "So
there are still bears ... if they can.")
says there are three main things to remember when trying to avoid bears.
-- (Bears 4 :42 "The
best advice ... not attract them to your area."
adds that if someone is out hunting and a bear gets to their kill first, the
meat belongs to the bear. Hunters cannot defend their kill, but can defend