Urban bear darted in Anchorage

Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A troublesome black bear foraging in Anchorage neighborhoods is now wearing a tracking collar that will record the animal's location every half hour.

The device was attached to the 260-pound bear Friday after a state biologist shot it with a tranquilizer dart as it ate bird seed in a residential yard.

The 3- to 4-year-old male bear generated scores of calls last summer from coastal residents and people visiting the city's Kincaid Park. State biologist Rick Sinnott, who darted the bear, said he has received at least 30 reports about the animal since it woke up and began rummaging for food near the park almost three weeks ago.

The bear could be killed if it becomes more aggressive, Sinnott said.

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