by Rebecca Palsha
Thursday, July 22, 2010
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Almost nothing is as startling as finding a black bear on your porch -- even if you're Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Lt. Dave Parker.
A small black bear was causing trouble at homes on the Anchorage Hillside Thursday morning. Parker thinks the same bear snuck up onto his porch.
"I could tell the bear was shocked by the whole thing -- it was certainly startled," Parker said. "I noticed it, this morning, was out on our porch again and was going into a fish fryer that we have out there -- I grabbed my rifle just in case and thought, ‘I didn't want to shoot this bear.'"
Instead, Parker stepped outside with a tool familiar to police officers.
"I decided to try a Taser on the bear," Parker said. "Prongs hit the bear in the shoulder and the bear promptly inverted with its legs up in the air, and started spinning around and kicking its legs and hollering."