Troopers investigating bear shooting in Sitka

SITKA — Alaska Wildlife Troopers will investigate the shooting death of a young brown bear in Sitka.

 

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reported wildlife officials found the bear dead near a residential area and golf course Tuesday.


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The bear was found about 35 yards from a home, near where it was shot by someone called in by neighbors.

State wildlife biologist Phil Mooney said the bear was a male, probably between 3 and 4 years old.

Mooney said the bear had been in several trash containers that were outside. He said such containers are not to be put out until garbage collection day. This happened well before today’s scheduled pickup.

The skull and hide have been turned in, and troopers will continue to investigate.

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