Bear carcass found in Gastineau Channel

Posted: Friday, September 15, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau fisherman snagged a dead bear with a gunshot wound Wednesday in Gastineau Channel.

Lt. Gary Folger of the Alaska State Troopers Fish and Wildlife Division photographed the carcass before returning it to the channel.

''I would estimate it has been in the water three to four days,'' said Folger, who estimated the bear at 2 to 3 years old and said it was apparently shot in the shoulder with a large-caliber weapon. There were no reports of a bear being shot in the last few days, Folger said.

Even if the bear was shot legally in self-defense or to defend property, the shooter may have broken the law by not salvaging the hide and skull, Folger said.

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