Hundreds of fish were dumped over a cliff near milepost 14.5 on Knik-Goose Bridge Road.

Susan Weir, who lives near the area, says her son told her about the first Friday evening.

Tire tracks backing up to the steep dropoff are still visible on Old Knik Road near the Cook Inlet turnout.

Many people are puzzled as to why someone would dump so many fish-- especially during a time with so many fishing restrictions.

Anchorage-area wildlife biologist Dave Battle believes many people who dump fish waste don't realize the danger they create for others.

"Fish attract bears," Battle said. "And, brown bears, particularly, may aggressively defend those food sources."

The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game Sunday sent out a notice, reminding residents that illegally dumped fish waste will cost you. Fines range from $300 to $1000.

Fish and Game says anglers who clean fish on site are encouraged to chop carcasses into numerous pieces and throw them into fast-moving water. Those who remove fish from the fishing site and process them elsewhere were offered the following guidelines:

If allowed, fish waste should be taken directly to a waste transfer station or to the landfill. Another option is to freeze fish waste to eliminate odors and then place it out with garbage on the morning of trash pickup. Do not place waste out the night before pickup.

The Central Peninsula Landfill located at Mile 98.5 Sterling Highway 2.5 miles south of Soldotna accepts fish waste free of charge from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. seven days a week.

Fish waste can also be deposited at Peninsula transfer facilities, including those in Cooper Landing, Kasilof, and Ninilchik, but in smaller quantities; all fish waste must be double-bagged in plastic trash bags with a limit of two bags dropped off per day.

Anchorage Regional Landfill, the city’s Central Transfer Station, and the Girdwood Transfer Station
all accept residential, non-commercial fish waste.

Matanuska-Susitna Borough Solid Waste accepts small quantities of non-commercial fish waste (less than 150 pounds) at the Central Landfill located at N. 49th State Street in Palmer. Must be double-bagged and tied in leak-proof bags. Fish waste is not accepted at transfer stations. For more information, call 861-7620.

KTVA's attempts to reach Alaska Wildlife Troopers for comment on a possible investigation were unsuccessful.

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