Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Police Shoot, Kill Black Bear in Muldoon Neighborhood
Even though police say the bear wasn't aggressive, based on the location, the police opted for killing the animal instead of relocating it.
An Anchorage black bear was killed Friday, it was the first bear killed in town this year.
The Anchorage Police Department killed the animal a little after 11:30 p.m. Friday night after it was found walking around a Muldoon neighborhood. Police reported that teenagers in the area were taunting it. Even though police say the bear wasn't aggressive, based on the location, the police opted for killing the animal instead of relocating it.
“The officer contacted me, stated that the bear wasn't afraid of him or anybody around and was digging through some trash and at that time we made the determination to shoot the bear,” said Sgt. Mark Rein of the Anchorage Police Department
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said it’s very early for an agency like the Anchorage Police Department to take down a bear, and while necessary for the situation, it could have been avoided.
“Issues like this, when we have to shoot bears in town, can always be avoided if the homeowners and the people who are leaving their trash out negligently take a little bit of responsibility for cleaning up their area,” said Jessy Coltrane of The Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said there were at least two bears killed as a result of trash negligence last year. They also said people responsible for the trash can be fined $310 for leaving out their garbage on days other than trash night.