Juneau police kill fourth nuisance bear

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2000

JUNEAU (AP) -- Juneau Police killed their fourth nuisance bear of the summer season early Thursday morning.

Residents of a housing development near a middle school called in the complaint late Wednesday, saying the black bear would not leave even when they tried to frighten it away with firecrackers.

While the bear did retreat briefly into the woods three times, officers reported they were unable to get it to leave permanently even with louder explosives called seal bombs.

As officers stood vigil, the bear attempted to enter the area again twice by skirting their position, so they shot it because bears that have no fear of humans can become dangerous.

The Department of Fish and Game took possession of the bear, which weighed 250 to 300 pounds and had apparently become habituated to finding food in populated areas.

''We encourage people to come here to see our spectacular wildlife. Do we want to have the reputation of killing that wildlife?'' Fish and Game biologist Polly Hessing said.

Even if the bear had never found food at the housing development, it was finding it in some other inhabited area, Hessing said.

''A bungee on a garbage can is not good enough'' to deter bears from coming close to residences, she said.

Bears previously were shot by Juneau police on July 27, Sept. 2 and Sept. 7.

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