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Bear makes surprise visit to Alaskan Bar Monday

Posted: September 25, 2013 - 12:04am
This image from security camera footage of the Alaskan Hotel and bar shows a bear sauntering into the Alaskan Bar on Monday night.  Courtesy of The Alaskan Hotel and bar
Courtesy of The Alaskan Hotel and bar
This image from security camera footage of the Alaskan Hotel and bar shows a bear sauntering into the Alaskan Bar on Monday night.

A black bear stopped by the Alaskan Hotel & Bar on Monday night, but was quickly bounced by the bartender on duty.

Manager Scott Fry was at the hotel’s front desk when he saw the bear pass by outside at about 9:15 p.m. He hurried over to the bar to check it out.

“Everyone was heading toward the door,” he said. The bear “was just kind of sauntering away on his merry way.”

Apparently, the bear had passed by the hotel door, turned into the bar and “poked his head five or six feet into the entry door,” Fry said.

The bartender had “shooed him off and he backed off and started walking the same direction he was going,” he said.

Footage of the incident posted to the Alaskan’s Facebook page shows the bear lingered only for a few seconds before leaving and walking back down Franklin Street.

Ryan Scott, Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist, said the department was not contacted about the bear. ADF&G often responds to bear-human interactions in Juneau. It seemed like the incident resolved itself, he said.

Fry said he’s seen bears hanging around the trash cans outside the Alaskan, but this is the first time one has crossed the threshold.

“I’ve seen them out in front of the bar last fall, but nothing to the effect of him walking in like he knew what he was doing,” he said.

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