Biologists kill nuisance twin grizzly cubs

Posted: Monday, August 26, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Wildlife biologists have killed twin grizzly cubs that spent some of the summer in Two Rivers foraging for dog food with their mother.

The female yearlings had not been seen in the area since they disrupted dog yards near a stretch of the Chena Hot Springs Road during a 10-day stretch in July. The bears ignored repeated attempts to drive them away with rubber bullets and beanbags fired from shotguns.

Then the bears re-emerged last week, according to the state Department of Fish and Game. A musher reported that the bears were rummaging through a dog lot off of Chena Hot Springs Road.

Biologists were setting snares to trap the bears Friday night when the grizzlies approached them ''like they owned the place,'' said Cathie Harms, a Fish and Game spokeswoman. She said biologists shot one of the cubs, while the other two bears ran off.

The second cub was euthanized after it was found caught in a snare Saturday morning.

Snares were reset in case the sow returns, Harms said.

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