The Alaska Department of Fish and Game killed a brown bear in Eagle River Tuesday morning, the second that the department has dispatched this year.

Dave Battle, a Fish and Game biologist, says his department, along with Anchorage police and Alaska State Troopers had gotten multiple reports from a neighborhood in the area of Lee Street and Wildwood Street, on its scheduled trash pickup day.

The bear was going from trash can to trash can, Battle said. One woman reported that, as she was cleaning up garbage the bear had strewn around, she saw it just five feet behind her.

The bear had to be killed because it was getting bolder around people and brown bears are well-known to defend food sources against humans, Battle says.

Battle wants to remind everyone to keep trash secure. Alaska Waste asks people to only put their cans out after midnight on their scheduled pickup day.

“We removed a bear from that neighborhood,” Battle said. “Now, that’s not the only bear in the area. Bears will continue to come around if trash keeps being kept out.”

He also advises people keep an eye on bird feeders too. Battle says that, this time of year, bird feeders can also be bear feeders.

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