Bear shot on peninsula older than first thought

A bear that attacked a well-known biologist is much older than authorities thought.

Alaska State Troopers killed an aggressive brown bear after it attacked 48-year-old Toby Burke, the Peninsula Clarion reports.

Burke suffered minor injuries on his arm.

Initially, the bear was thought to be two to three years old, based on its size. But because its teeth were worn down, authorities say it was probably around 10 years old.

Troopers were alerted to a brown bear acting erratically late Sunday afternoon on the Kenai Peninsula.

The Anchorage Daily News reports state biologist Jeff Selinger countered earlier reports from troopers that said the bear was starving. He said the bear appeared in decent condition and still had a layer of fat.




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