Hoonah police over the weekend shot a brown bear in a residential neighborhood, calling the killing a rare and "unfortunate" occurrence.
Police Chief John Millan said offers are almost always able to run bears off with firecracker or beanbag shells from a shotgun, but the bear shot Saturday had reportedly charged a dog and showed no fear of officers, an indication of habituation.
"No one likes to shoot a bear, especially a young one, but safeguarding human lives, especially those of children, is our mission," Millan said.
Millan said the shooting was justified because the bear was attempting to enter a ground-level window and was in an area with a large number of children nearby.
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