Domestic animals attacked by bear

Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2000

SITKA (AP) -- For the second time in four days a brown bear made its way through Sitka city streets and yards to attack domestic animals Monday.

Dave Ross and Molly Jacobson looked out the window of their beachfront home around 5 a.m. to see a bear destroying the chicken coop.

By the time the bear escaped at least nine hens and two ducks were killed and three hens were unaccounted for, said Ross. Ross said he fired at the bear, but believes he missed.

Ross said he is ''only 90 percent sure'' that it was the same bear that killed two of the family's pet goats early Friday morning.

In Friday's attack, the family had time to make a 911 call for help. Police and Fish and Wildlife Protection officers held the bear at bay for more than an hour before it escaped up the hill, and through five or six city blocks to the woods.

After Monday's attack, Ross found the gate to the goat pen had been knocked down, but the family's surviving goat, Buddy, was unharmed, cowering in the corner.

Sitka police said officers are now responding to every bear call, said Lt. Nick Ward.

''This bear in particular has pushed it out to the realm of where he's in big trouble at this point,'' Ward said. ''This bear is on borrowed time.''



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