Bruin seeks chicken dinner

Posted: Tuesday, October 08, 2002

A Juneau bear took over DeHart's Auke Bay store on Glacier Highway for several minutes Monday as it perused the shelves for its dinner.

Police Sgt. Ben Coronell said at about 4:15 p.m. a 150-pound, 2-year-old black bear wandered into the open door of the liquor section of DeHart's. Coronell said the bear may have been attracted to the chicken and potatoes cooking in the store.

"I saw its head peeking around the corner and I thought I was seeing things," said Shelli Galbreath, who was working behind the counter at the time. "Then I saw the rest of it, and it wasn't a dog, so I just tried to figure out what to do. ... I ended up just backing out the other door."

A man outside the store saw the bear go in the door and attempted to bang some pots and pans to keep it away from the kitchen.

"Then my hero police officers came in and they chased it out," Galbreath said.

The bear scurried out a side door and down to the beach below the store without hurting anyone, damaging any property or taking the chicken, Galbreath said.

"I just moved to Alaska a year ago and that's the closest I've ever been to a bear," she said. "That's the closest I ever want to be to a bear."

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