Airport becomes bearport as FedEx gets furry visitor
Cargo workers at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport got a special delivery of cute this week, as a black bear ran across the tarmac.
A Facebook video posted by James Batman shows the bear running past crews handling cargo at the airport’s FedEx facility. The workers stop what they’re doing to watch the bear as it runs past them without stopping.
Batman, a ramp agent at PenAir who works near FedEx, said he saw the bear at about 2 p.m. Thursday.
“I was driving along the airport road, and I looked to my left, and I saw what looked like to be a dog,” Batman wrote. “And I looked back again and realized it was a small black bear!”
Ken Marsh, with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said bears are a frequent sight around the airport. Authorities have killed one bear this summer at the airport’s parking garage.
“Black bears aren’t uncommon around the airport,” Marsh said. “It’s surrounded by Kincaid Park and the Point Woronzof greenbelt.”
Airport spokeswoman Trudy Wassel said the bear didn’t cause any injuries or air traffic disruptions. Two biologists are under contract to handle area wildlife issues involving bears, birds and moose.
“The airport is very proactive in managing the wildlife,” Wassel said.
Cargo crews called Airport Police and Fire, but Batman said the bruin didn’t stay long.
“I saw it cross the runway, and eventually (it) made it back to the woods to safety,” Batman said.
Cassie Schirm contributed information to this story.
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