Grizzly bear deaths on Kenai Peninsula reach 18 this year

Posted: Monday, August 04, 2008

KENAI - The number of grizzly bears killed this year on the Kenai Peninsula is up to 18.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game said a sow and three cubs were killed Thursday.

Wildlife technician Larry Lewis said the latest deaths began with a fisherman from Anchorage wounding the sow.

The man was hiking to a fishing spot on the Kenai River about 150 yards from the power line crossing.

He told officials the sow charged him from six to eight feet away and that he shot it two or three times with a .44 Magnum handgun.

Lewis tracked the bear across the Sterling Highway and found her badly wounded with bullets in the face and gut. The bear was euthanized.

Her young cubs also were euthanized.

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