Bear spotted in Soldotna neighborhood

Posted: Monday, July 09, 2001

A brown bear took a stroll through a Soldotna residential neighborhood Sunday afternoon, scaring area residents and rummaging through garbage cans.

Soldotna police officer Shayne LaCroix said the bear was originally reported shortly before 1 p.m. in the west of Soldotna High School.

The bear was said to be approximately 2 years old, but the sex of the animal was not determined.

Officers responded and followed the bear through a residential neighborhood. Soldotna police officers and Alaska State Troopers warned area residents about the animal and asked them to stay inside.

The Soldotna Police Department received many 911 calls about the bear.

"It was just being a nuisance," LaCroix said.

He said the bear did not show any aggressive behavior, it mostly ran away when it got close to residents. Officers followed the bear from a neighborhood near the school to the Riverview Avenue area, south of Redoubt Avenue.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game was called in and arrived on the scene shortly before 3 p.m. to locate the bear and determine if it posed a problem.

Fish and Game officers were unable to find it and stopped the search because it did not present a threat.

LaCroix said if people see a bear in their area, the best thing to do is stay away from it.

"Stay indoors and notify either Alaska State Troopers, the Department of Fish and Game or police," he said.

"Just stay away from the bear."

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