Season's first bruin spotted near Kincaid Park

Posted: Friday, April 19, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage's first bear of the season is awake and ambling through neighborhoods near Kincaid Park, prompting daily calls to the state Department Fish and Game to report its whereabouts.

The black bear, which sports a yellow ear tag, was first reported to wildlife officials April 11.

Neighbors near the park have reported seeing the bear, climbing trees and porches to get to bird feeders.

Area biologist Rick Sinnott said he thinks the bear is a male he tranquilized last summer while it munched from a pail of sunflower seeds in a back yard.

Sinnott relocated that bear in June to a sparsely populated area on the Kenai Peninsula. But within a few weeks, it made the long trip back to Anchorage, he said.

Sinnott said the bear has so far showed no signs of aggression toward humans, just a penchant for birdseed and a somewhat fearless attitude. He said he will monitor the bear but won't intervene unless the bear gets into trouble.

The main thing people can do to keep the bear safe is to put away bird feeders and be careful about garbage, he said.

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