Garbage-raiding bear killed on Halloween

Posted: Sunday, November 02, 2008

ANCHORAGE - Wildlife officials killed a 200-pound black bear that was raiding garbage in the driveway of a home as children were trick-or-treating in the Anchorage neighborhood on Halloween.

Children were never in any immediate danger. But Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials had concerns because the bear refused to leave the garbage pile when authorities tried to chase it into a nearby park Friday.

Wildlife biologist Rick Sinnott said the risk was enormous if they chased the bear and lost it, increasing the risk to children.

He killed the bear with a shotgun in the backyard of the home. He planned to butcher it and donate the meat to charity.

Sinnott also planned to ticket the homeowner $310 for allowing the garbage to be accessible by bears.

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