A bear of a barrier on Glacier Highway

Dumpster incident latest in active year for garbage activity

Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Garbage bears already were causing more mischief this summer. Now they're apparently putting up roadblocks.

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A bear is suspected of moving a Dumpster into Glacier Highway on Monday morning at Wire Street, from Jack's Plumbing in the Twin Lakes area.

Capt. Jerry Nankervis, a 19-year veteran of the Juneau Police Department, said bears have been frequent visitors to residential areas in Juneau this summer.

"There's a lot more this year than there was last year," he said.

Nankervis said police received a report of a Dumpster in the road shortly after 7 a.m.

"The initial caller said there was a bear on top of the Dumpster when they got there," he said.

"When we got there, there was no bear on top of the Dumpster but the Dumpster was indeed not where it was supposed to be, so we pushed back across the street," he added.

John Schoenmann, owner of Jack's Plumbing, said when he got to work shortly after 7 a.m. he noticed the Dumpster had been put back on the property in a different location.

"It wasn't where it was supposed to be and we put it back where it is now," he said.

Schoenmann said he first heard of the bear on top of his Dumpster over the radio, so he's not sure if it really was a bear that moved it.

"It's the bear-proof type, so I don't think the bear got into it, anyway," he said.

Although there have been more reports of bears this summer, Nankervis said the garbage bears have been less successful.

"The garbage is definitely being stored better than it has in the past," he said. "(But) when there is a high number of bears and there's that smell, they're going to come into town."

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