Bear sighted at Interior lake last weekend hasn't been back

Posted: Friday, May 12, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- State wildlife biologists and park rangers say a young grizzly that showed up at Quartz Lake twice last weekend hasn't been seen since. Frightened ice fishermen fired shots at the bear, and the biologists are hoping the bruin has moved on.

''Nobody has seen him since Sunday morning,'' said Dave Davenport at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office in Delta Junction. ''Hopefully he's gotten the message and moved on to a different area.''

Biologists originally planned to trap and kill the bear after it made at least two appearances last weekend at Quartz Lake, a popular spring ice fishing spot about 80 miles southeast of Fairbanks.

But on Monday, biologists closed a live trap they set for the bear at a campground a half mile from Quartz Lake because they said original reports of the bear's aggressiveness were exaggerated and he ''was just being a bear.''

Davenport said biologists and rangers from Alaska State Parks will keep an eye on the campground at least until the weekend to see if the bear reappears. Signs warning fishermen and campers of the bear's presence will also remain.

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