Juneau man kills problem neighborhood bear

Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- A Juneau man killed a troublesome black bear after it attacked his dog over the weekend.

Bill Corbus said he was reading Saturday evening at his home in Thane, a neighborhood south of the downtown area. Corbus said he heard his dogs barking and found the bear had taken a dog by the head.

Corbus, an experienced hunter and recently retired president of Alaska Electric Light and Power, grabbed a shotgun and shot at the bear with buckshot.

The bear hesitated, then headed up a hill with the dog. Corbus said he got out a hunting rifle and fatally shot the bear when it reappeared, still carrying the dog, a large mixed breed.

The dog, named Bruiser, survived puncture wounds to the head and is recovering at home.

Neil Barten, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Fish and Game, said the shooting was justified.

The bear had been a local nuisance for the past few weeks. It walked into a resident's kitchen and bathroom a week ago, ripped the door off a secured garbage shed and injured another neighborhood dog.

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