Salmon remains dumped on trail remind people it’s illegal, can be dangerous
Janell Graham found something unusual Sunday afternoon, while she walked her dog.
“Actually it was right here,” said Graham, as she showed KTVA the spot where she found 11 salmon carcasses just off a bike trail near Fair Weather Park Loop, at Taku-Campbell Creek Park.
“I thought someone was too lazy enough to clean up their own mess,” Graham said, as she felt more than anger, “I was honestly scared there might be a bear nearby.”
Graham bagged the remains and disposed of them properly.
“This is something we see every year,” said Dave Battle, a wildlife biologist with the Alaska Fish and Game Department. “What it does is, it draws bears in, and the bears are likely to defend the food source from anyone who happens along. When people do this, they’re taking everybody’s lives in their hands.”
Plus, it’s illegal to dump fish waste on trails, lakes or streams. You could be fined between $310-$1,000, depending on whether you did it accidentally, or intentionally.
Christy Kelley enjoys another quiet day along the water with her two-year-old daughter, Lily. They typically get out here about twice a week. She’s not happy to hear someone dumped fish near where he daughter plays.
“That’s why, because, the momma bear instinct is in all of us, just so protective of my little girl,” said Kelley, which is why she also carries bear mace with her.
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