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Officials chase brown bear out of Soldotna

Posted: July 4, 2012 - 12:39pm

Soldotna Police and Alaska Wildlife Troopers chased off a bear that supposedly took down a moose calf in a Soldotna parking lot.

On Tuesday at 10:39 p.m., Soldotna police received a report of a brown bear that took down a young moose near Watt’s Homestead in Soldotna, the department reported.

When SPD and troopers responded to the scene, they entered the woods and found a large brown bear that fled the area. The officers found no moose carcasses, SPD reported.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game was notified about the incident.

Officials would like to remind Soldotna, and other Kenai Peninsula residents, to keep their properties clean by securing all their household garbage, removing all bird feeders until winter and properly disposing of fish waste in a timely fashion.

As of June 21, Peninsula residents had shot and killed three adult brown bears in defense of life and property.

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northernlights 07/06/12 - 08:35 am
Brown bear

I'm glad you did your best without having to shoot it. the guy who shot the brown bear on Arc loop, I wonder if he gave it any thought to shoot warning shots first or did he do his best to run it off. The reason I think this, is because the mentality of some people is to kill all bear. Some of my own family members think this way, they feel they are good for nothing and should be killed. Family or not, it's wrong. It's small minded, it doesnt make you a tuff strong person, it makes you stupid. We have had brown bear killed this year because of this idiot type of thinking. There's a possibility they will have to put down a brown bear and her two cubs because fisherman have trained her and her cubs to steal thier backpacks because there is food in them. People are leaving thier backpacks on the bank with food in them. These bears now associate food with a backpack and now they may have to kill all three of them. Because of people.

BrianW 07/07/12 - 10:46 am
Here Mr. Pickles...

I agree that the taking of a bear due to personal ignorance is unfair to the bear. But, people should not go all Timothy Treadwell either. Bears are predators, period. They are opportunistic eaters and man is usually NOT on the menu. Keep your areas clean and tidy and there should be no reason to blast a bear, should you encounter one. Be weary of old malnourished and curious adolescent bears. Do NOT run away. Make a lot of noise and back away slowly. If you encounter a sow with cubs, be ready to defend yourself by any and all means necessary. Also understand that a bear will commonly charge you and stop short (in most cases). We can cohabitate, but the bear is a wild animal that deserves right of way. Don't senselessly dispatch a bear unless it is in real defense of life and/or property. This is Alaska and there is a large bear population. Keep that in mind when you enjoy the outdoors and don't leave attractants lying around. If you do, and a bear comes looking for an easy meal, it probably isn't you the bear is after, it's your trash. If a bear must be dispatched because of your unkempt area, you may be cited. Bottom line: clean up after yourself.

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