A brown bear was shot and killed in Sitka when it ate a homeowner’s dog Friday afternoon, a month after another bear was shot during a local attack on a dog.
Alaska State Troopers were first called at about 3:30 p.m. Friday by the homeowner on Rudolph Walton Circle, according to an online trooper dispatch.
“An (Alaska Wildlife Trooper) and Sitka police responded and located a partially consumed dog behind the home with a male bear located nearby,” troopers wrote. “The bear was subsequently killed by troopers and the hide, skull, and claws were surrendered to (the Alaska Department of Fish and Game).”
Tim Hall, the trooper who responded to the call, said that the canine killed in the encounter was an adult Karelian bear dog.
“It was on the property initially when the bear showed up,” Hall said. “It was not tied up.”
Hall said the bear, a brown boar, had been seen near homes in the area earlier that day before the report from Rudolph Walton Circle. He shot the bear following the dog’s death.
Garbage was “likely a factor” in drawing the bear to the neighborhood, according to the dispatch. Although troopers urged residents of the area to help avoid bear encounters by not leaving out unsecured trash, which can net a citation with a $310 fine, Hall said no specific citations were planned in connection with Friday’s shooting.
“There’s certainly a garbage-collection issue in this area, and the way that garbage is handled in general is somewhat problematic at times,” Hall said.
Sitka’s bear season has been about average this year, Hall said, although another male brown bear was shot and killed by a trooper in Sitka on June 14. That shooting took place after the bear began chasing the trooper’s pet dog around his home.
“It’s actually not been out of the ordinary,” Hall said.