Fish and Game captures bear, prepares to move it

Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Officials with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game trapped a young black bear in Lemon Creek this morning that they plan to move by boat to the Taku River area, department wildlife biologist Neil Barten said.

The bear was one of two yearlings recently kicked out by their mother that have been wandering the Lemon Creek area, Barten said. Juneau police have increased patrols in the Lemon Creek neighborhood, in part because of worries about children chasing bears.

"The yearlings have been troublemakers. Hopefully this should take care of the kids chasing them," he said.

The trap will be left out to catch the other yearling. But Barten said the real solution is proper garbage storage.

"We can go in and catch five bears and next week the problem would start all over again," he said.

A new city ordinance requires residents to keep their garbage inside until 4 a.m. on the morning of pickup unless it is inside a bear-resistant container. The city plans to send out a flier in the next couple of weeks that will include information about what people should do if they encounter a bear and recommendations for building a bear-resistant structure, city environmental zoning officer Dan Garcia said.

The city's Urban Bear Committee officially was reinstated Tuesday. The panel meets for a work session at 5 p.m. Thursday at the city hall conference room.

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