Black bear found killed behind Mendenhall Mall

By September 26, 2017Juneau, Wildlife
A bear peaks from behind a dumpster near McGivney's at the Mendenhall Mall on July, 17, 2017. (Photo courtesy Quinn Tracy)

A bear peaks from behind a dumpster near McGivney’s at the Mendenhall Mall on July, 17, 2017. (Photo courtesy Quinn Tracy)

Alaska Wildlife Troopers are investigating the death of a black bear found Sept. 18 behind the Mendenhall Mall.

Authorities said the black bear was apparently shot to death and left behind the building.

This black bear was found Sept. 18 shot to death behind the Mendenhall Mall. Troopers are investigating. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Wildlife Troopers)

“It is under investigation,” troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said Tuesday. “We’re trying to figure how it came to be shot behind the mall there. If anyone has any information, if they could contact the local wildlife troopers, that would be very helpful.”

Juneau-based troopers wrote in a dispatch that the black bear was likely shot as a result of an on-going trash issue in the area. None of the meat was taken.

Anyone with information about the bear’s killing can contact wildlife troopers at 465-4000.

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