Urban Bears Spotted in East Midtown
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Some Kodiak residents got company this week when some four-legged mammals paid a visit in their neighborhoods. Kodiak Police Lieutenant Kyle Valerio said now is the time of year that community members can expect more bears to be out and about in residential areas.
“In the town primary, Kodiak, we’ve had the last few days reports of two different bears that have simply walking around and being seen. They’ve been walking and showing up on the Selief Lane area, Beaver Lake area, Safeway, Saint Mary’s area and college grounds area," he said. "And they’re pretty much just going from the forested area, just traveling through. And this is typically what we see this time of year with bears. As the salmon season winds down and the berries peter out they tend to get more active, they’re more curious and entering what’s called hyperphagia. And that’s where they’re just trying to build up as much fat as possible before they den up for the winter.”
Valerio said at least two different bears have been spotted in these areas.
(Bears Afoot 2 :15 “One’s probably about a three or
four-year old cub, and the other is a larger sow, and they’ve been
behaving very well. We haven’t had any real confrontations. Typically
when we hear about them it’s because they crossed a road and a motorist
may have seen them. And we couldn’t ask for better behaved bears.
They’re doing really good in that respect.”)
Kodiak is bear
country, and Valerio said community members need to respect and
acknowledge the fact that bears will be around.
Afoot 3 :17 “I think it’s important that people realize that
we live in a community where there are bears, and there are going to be
sightings and people need to make sure they’re keeping their dog food in
sight and that they’re keeping their garabage cleaned up and stored
before it’s time to put it out for garbage day because we don’t want to
create any issues with the bears.”)
Valerio said parents
should keep an eye on their kids’ walking routes to school and bus stop
areas. He said the bears are acting well behaved, but it’s important to
still be cognitive of these sightings, especially as the mornings get
darker earlier. He said he hopes the community can respect the animals
and ultimately both the bears and people can remain safe and unharmed in
the coming weeks.