Airport Dike Trail remains closed

Posted: Tuesday, May 04, 2010

JUNEAU - The Emergency Vehicle Access Road, also known as the Airport Dike Trail, will remain closed to the public, an airport official said Monday. Safety of the trail will be reassessed today.

The trail was closed Friday to pedestrian traffic after a sow with two cubs bluff-charged a pedestrian. The bears remained in the trees between the trail and float plane pond on Friday, according to the state Department of Fish and Game.

Wildlife officials said the cubs were "very tiny" and the mother would likely move them out of the area once given a chance.

Construction in the area for an airport runway expansion complicated the situation, officials said. The trail is also a popular place with pet owners.

The bears hadn't been seen Sunday or Monday, Deputy Airport Manager Patty deLaBruere said. Tracks had not been observed, either.

"We still want people to use caution and be aware," deLaBruere said.

Questions and comments can be directed to the Juneau International Airport manager's office at 789-7821.

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