Three problem bears killed

Posted: Monday, July 24, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State wildlife biologists had to kill three problem black bears in Anchorage last week.

On Saturday, they killed a 280-pound adult male that had been feeding on garbage at the Girdwood dump.

The killing came fast on the heels of two others.

Earlier in the week, state biologists trapped and killed a 4-year-old black bear that had been roaming the Anchorage Hillside. The 220-pound bear had taken to eating pets, particularly rabbits, and had become too comfortable around people, said state wildlife biologist Rick Sinnott.

And at midweek, state biologists killed a bear near the Eagle River Nature Center. It had been raiding the center's trash and was suspected in the deaths of at least three neighborhood dogs. Biologists found it in the woods near a dog's mauled carcass.

Then on Friday evening, Sinnott responded to a bizarre incident on the Hillside.

A woman said a black bear had come inside her garage snooping after her gosling. Her two herding dogs chased it out. The bear, in quick flight, crashed through a neighbor's basement window, apparently tricked by the reflection of trees. Cut and bloody, it tromped through the house, knocking over an exercise bike and leaving a dung pile before the neighbor banged on the outside of the house and the bear escaped through the broken window, Sinnott said.

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