Palmer bear kill prompts reminder from officials

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

The death of a black bear killed by law enforcement officers in Palmer has prompted Alaska officials to remind the public to properly handle garbage, pet food and other items that are attractive to bears.

Department of Fish and Game officials say the young black bear spent a couple days rummaging through trash in a neighborhood near the Palmer Airport. The bear was killed Monday night.

Area wildlife biologist Todd Rinaldi says the bear is the first in recent memory that had to be removed by officials from Palmer city limits.

Officials say to help keep bears away, people should keep trash in bear-proof containers or inside until garbage-pickup day.

Officials say people should clean barbecue grills after each use, feed pets indoors and take down birdfeeders during warmer months.