Dumped fish meal gets Juneau woman into bear trouble
A Juneau woman has been cited after Alaska State Troopers say she poured hundreds of pounds of fish meal onto a neighborhood street, drawing black bears to the area.
An online dispatch said Nicolle Hogan, 46, was contacted by troopers Thursday about the dumped fish meal, off the back loop of Mendenhall Loop Road near the University of Alaska Southeast campus.
“(A)n investigation revealed she had discarded a large amount of fish meal at the end of Lee Court near the intersection of Back Loop Road, causing numerous bears to come and feed off it,” troopers wrote.
Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said the dumping occurred on or near July 30. It wasn’t clear how much fish meal Hogan had dumped, although Alaska Department of Fish and Game staff cleared the rest.
At least three black bears came and fed on the fish meal, two of which were caught on camera.
“ADF&G picked up [approximately] 200 pounds,” Peters wrote in an email. “Even then, bears still returned due to the scent.”
Hogan received a $310 citation for negligently feeding game in Juneau District Court.
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