Photos: Too close for comfort

Posted: Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A yearling black bear enjoys a meal of watermelon berries Tuesday next to a private home across the street from the Juneau-Douglas City Museum on Calhoun Avenue. The bear emerges from a garage the same day on North Franklin Street.

The bear is believed to have been a nuisance downtown for about two months and showed little fear of human contact.

Neil Barten, Alaska Department of Fish and Game area wildlife biologist, in the orange shirt, carries the bear after he tranquilized it later

Tuesday. Walking behind Barten is Fish and Game employee Ryan Scott. State officials then took the yearling out of town, where it was euthanized so that it did not became a danger to Juneau residents or visitors.

"It's kind of a sad thing," Barten said.

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