We’ve been reporting recently that a sow Brown Bear and her cubs have been wandering through the local area. Area Wildlife Biologist Jeff Selinger and Wildlife Trooper Lt. Streifel…
Selinger: “And we’d just really like to encourage people to pick up their trash or any other items that might attract these animals. That’s the reason they’re here and the reason they’re staying in town and in the neighborhoods is because they’re obtaining food items in human trash pretty much. So the sooner we can get that picked up and the food source dries up for these animals, the more likely it is they’ll move on.
Lt. Streifel: “If we have bears frequenting neighborhoods, due to poor trash or garbage practices, it increases the risk of people having a potentially dangerous encounter with wildlife, which is what we want to avoid. The State of Alaska does have a regulation which makes it illegal to negligently leave human food, animal food, or garbage in a manner that attracts wildlife. If cited, people face a fine of $300.”
The bears have been reported on both sides of K-Beach Road, from the Murwood Subdivision towards Poppy Lane.