Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Larry Van Daele is
warning Kodiak residents and visitors to stay away from two bears that are
frequenting the Bell’s Flats neighborhood.
sub-adult bruins were raiding garbage and
homes in the area for about a month, until Van Daele says they were
recently persuaded to go after more natural foods, such as berries, fish and
In the past week,
the bears have been seen regularly on the flats near the mouths of Sargent and
says this presents many people with an opportunity to watch and photograph the
bears, and reinforces the bears' desire to stay away from people.
some people are approaching the bears with vehicles, which Van Daele says is both illegal and highly dangerous, and could lead the bears back to
seeking food from homes and garbage cans.
He’s urging anyone who sees
a person approaching a bear on the beach with a vehicle, to contact the Alaska
Wildlife Troopers at 486-4761 with a description of the vehicle, its occupants,
and photos if possible.