Anchorage skiers encounter wide-awake grizzly and other bruins

Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A young brown bear was spotted at an Anchorage park's trails, leaving claw marks on the snow and surprising several skiers.

The bear was seen by several witnesses Sunday at Kincaid Park, prompting park workers to post warning signs along several trails.

State biologist Rick Sinnott examined some of the 6 1/2-inch-wide prints Monday and concluded that they had been made by an adolescent bear about 3 years old.

''It's not rare for a bear to be up this late,'' Sinnott said. ''But it is a little unusual for people to be seeing bears in Kincaid Park this late, and I've never heard of a brown bear being in Kincaid Park this late in the year.

Bears generally hibernate after they fatten up or can't find any more food, Sinnott said. But the animals will come out if disturbed, and they will stay out late if they're still hungry.

In recent days, a brown bear was seen in East Anchorage and a black bear was seen in the southern section of town.

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