ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A black bear sow was shot and killed by Anchorage police Tuesday night, after it roamed an East Anchorage neighborhood, rummaging through garbage cans.
Residents of the neighborhood near Baxter Road say the sow and its three cubs have been coming around a lot lately. Fish and Game is investigating the incident and according to wildlife trooper Bret Ledford, it is unclear if the bear that was put down is the same bear that was seen earlier in a yard, down the street.
Bill Casey says he yelled at the black bear as it was trying to climb his fence. That’s when it came toward him, and he shot at it.
“I had no intentions of doing anything except trying to protect myself and if the bear had gone this way, there wouldn’t have been a confrontation, but he came at me,” says Casey.
Ledford says garbage is attracting the bears and once they find a food source, they will likely keep coming back.