Officials chase brown bear out of Soldotna

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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