Biologist says fearless grizzly cubs may have to be killed

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2002

(Fairbanks-AP) -- State Fish and Game biologists say a pair of grizzly bear cubs may be killed if they don't move out of the Two Rivers area east of Fairbanks.

The cubs and a sow have been in the neighborhood for more than ten days and the cubs are showing no fear of humans.

Biologist Don Young says the yearling bears have entered people's yards and lots while ignoring repeated scare-off attempts.

He says that if they're coming into dog lots, they're a hazard and it's only a matter of time before they turn aggressive.

Young says killing the cubs would also have less of an impact on the grizzly bear population than killing the sow.

He says capturing and moving the bears is not a reasonable option because the bears just come back.

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