Green Guide

2 nuisance Alaska bears relocated from Petersburg

Posted September 12

— Two nuisance bears that were lurking around Petersburg have been captured and relocated.

A 200-pound (91-kilogram) bear was caught Sept. 3 near downtown Petersburg, which followed the capture of a slightly smaller bear in August, KFSK-FM reported (http://bit.ly/2wTmCL7 ) Monday. The bears were dropped near Farragut Bay and Thomas Bay.

The bears add to what's already been a busy year for the wildlife officials, said Rich Lowell, Fish and Game wildlife biologist.

A poor berry crop, reduced fish runs or fish not being accessible to the bears could be causing the bears to interfere with people, Lowell said.

"Coming off of two to three years of very little bear activity, citizens have gotten complacent about securing their garbage," he said. "So all of those things add up to more bear problems than we've seen in the past."

Officials are urging residents to keep best practices in mind, especially those participating in the moose hunting season that begins Sept. 15.

"Obviously some people will be successful and have meat hanging in town and you know it's important that the hides, bones and butcher scraps be properly disposed of ... often times they get dumped close to town, and it just further contributes to the bear problem," Lowell said.

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