Updated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 24

The section of the popular Crow Pass Trail previously closed off due to a reported moose kill has been reopened. The announcement was made in a Friday release from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

“Sufficient time has elapsed to substantially reduce the probability of the bear still actively feeding on the carcass,” DNR wrote.

The area previously closed off was midway between the Girdwood and Eagle River starting points of the trail.

Original Story

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has closed a section of the popular Crow Pass Trail following reports of a bear feeding on a moose carcass.

According to a Friday morning release, a one-and-a-half mile section of the trail midway between Girdwood and Eagle River in Chugach State Park is closed. It has been deemed an active feeding site, due to the dead moose immediately adjacent to the trail.

The closure will remain in effect until officials publicly announced that it has been lifted, the release states.

“When a bear has found a valuable food source like a moose carcass, particularly brown bears are very well known for defending that from all comers, including humans,” said David Battle, a wildlife biologist for Fish and Game.

In Friday’s release, officials remind people that anyone using an Alaska trail should take precautionary measures, be prepared to encounter a bear, be knowledgeable in recognizing bear behavior and how to respond to an encounter.

KTVA’s Daniella Rivera contributed to this report.