Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists say they had to put down a large black bear after it became nuisance in the downtown Juneau area and reportedly chased residents on two separate occasions.
Wildlife biologist Ryan Scott credits downtown area business and residents for working to minimize opportunities for bears to get into garbage dumpsters and cans. But the 400 pound male, estimated at eight- to ten-years old, was continuing to be destructive throughout the summer. Scott said that this ‘bear had been on their radar’ for some time.
He said they got a report from Juneau Police about an individual being chased by a bear late Tuesday night in the vicinity of the tram terminal.
Scott said they later found the bear, and darted and captured him in Pocket Park. They took the bear to an undisclosed location early Wednesday morning, away from residential areas, and euthanized him.
It’s one of those things that you don’t do in a residential area. And it was in the middle of the night.”
He said they later got back to the office and received another report of another person being chased by what was believed to be the same bear.
Scott said this is the second Juneau-area bear they’ve had to put down this summer. Another was an adult female that he says was becoming very destructive toward vehicles and structures in the Tee Harbor area.
Two other bears, an adult collared female also from Tee Harbor and a young female, were trapped and have been relocated.
- After a few standout harvests and favorable proposals with the Board of Fisheries, managers are feeling optimistic heading into the new year.
- Kaiser had eight K300 finishes to his name coming into the race and an experienced core team that has raced the past three years. Brent Sass took second and Richie Diehl placed third.
- The application places a 1.08-acre parcel into federal Indian trust status. Tribal president Clinton Cook Sr. said the association applied for the status change to protect CTA’s government and homeland.
- Kellyanne Conway also pushes back hard against claims that the administratin misrepresented the size of the crowd at Friday's inauguration.