Juneau police kill third bear of summer

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau Police have killed their third nuisance bear of the summer.

The male black bear was shot Thursday night after it repeatedly returned to a trash bin even though the cover was closed and chained.

Officers tried to frighten the bear away with yelling, an air horn and large firecrackers. Twice the bear retreated into the trees, and twice it returned. Since the bear would not leave permanently, officers shot it, said Officer Bob Kolvig.

''It's an unfortunate thing any time a bear has to be shot, but when they come down into the city like that, it's a very tense situation,'' said Sgt. Steve Bear, a fish and wildlife protection trooper with the Juneau Alaska State Trooper detachment. ''Once they get a taste for garbage, they're not going to break it.''

Another bear was shot Saturday on Douglas Island and the first bear killed in Juneau this year was shot downtown on July 27 after feeding on cracked corn left for birds.

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