Problem bear shot in Kodiak area

Posted: Thursday, August 05, 2010

KODIAK - Alaska State Troopers have shot and killed a bear that repeatedly was raiding a trash bin near a rural residential area just outside Kodiak city limits.

Troopers consulted with state wildlife managers before the 750-pound male bear was shot Sunday in Bell's Flats.

The bear kept coming back to the large trash bin at Sargent Creek despite being scared off several times with non-lethal rounds and loud shots called "cracker shells."

Larry Van Daele says the bear had begun bending open the bear-resistant doors to the trash bin to get inside the container.

The bear was about 12-years old, but this is the first year it got into this kind of trouble.

Van Daele says a slow and late berry season might have prompted the bear to find food in trash bins.

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