Valdez police kill near-beer guzzling bear

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2001

VALDEZ (AP) -- Valdez police have killed their first bear of the summer season after it raided an area home and guzzled nonalcoholic beer.

Police reportedly used eight to nine shots to bring the animal down in the residential neighborhood last week. Valdez animal control officer Shana Anderson said the black bear was a good size, about six feet.

Michelle Ferren, who lives at the raided home, said the bruin drank all the O'Doul's-brand nonalcoholic beer she had in her arctic entry. Ferren said the bear ignored some nearby champagne but ate all the cat food also being stored in the entry.

Apparently the entry door had closed behind the bear, which was trapped in the house for more than an hour. Ferren said her teenage daughter discovered the intruder when she left the home.

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