2 bears killed, 1 chased off in Juneau

JUNEAU — Juneau’s bear population was a focus of attention for police over the weekend.

KINY-radio reported that two black bears were struck and killed by cars.

One was hit on North Douglas Highway on Douglas Island. The second was killed on Glacier Highway near Industrial Boulevard.

Police Sgt. Chris Gifford says officers also were called on to chase off a bear that was attracting a crowd Friday night near Ninth Street and Willoughby Avenue.in downtown Juneau.

Officers conferred with Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials, who requested the bear not be killed.

Officers fired four bean bag rounds to chase the bear off.

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