Three Black Bear Cubs Killed After Sow was Shot
Bears were killed in the same neighborhood their mother was killed in two days earlier
ANCHORAGE - Three black bear cubs came to a sad ending Thursday morning when they were shot and killed by a Alaska Wildlife Trooper. It happened two days after their mother was shot in the same East Anchorage neighborhood. Biologists said the 6-month-old cubs were too young to survive on their own.
Fish and Game biologist Jessy Coltrane said the shootings illustrate an ongoing problem in Anchorage – people who leave their garbage out where bears can get it.
“I wish we had a place to put them,” said Coltrane. “But we have zero places where we can place black bears. This is the harsh reality; these bears are dead because of negligent trash practices.”
Coltrane said people in the Baxter Bog area have been asked, warned and even threatened with fines to try and get them to keep their trash inside. In most cases she said, it’s not a case of garbage spilling over on to the street, simply that the trashcans are left outdoors or put by the curb the night before pick-up.
“It’s not like they are leaving trash out in their front yard, but from a bear’s perspective it’s easily accessible.”
Police said people may not realize that putting your trash out early is actually against the law.
“Its illegal to put your trash out the night before, you have to put it out on the day of,” said Sergent Aaron Whitt. “And yes, there have been citations issued for that offense.”
Homeowners could face a fine of $300, but Coltrane said that’s nothing compared to what could happen to the bear – which she calls the “ugly side” of leaving garbage out. 10 bears have been shot in Anchorage this summer and most of those were getting into garbage.