Bear Safety in the Southeast

Juneau is experiencing more bears than usual this summer.


by Megan Mazurek

Juneau is experiencing more bears than usual this summer.
Alaska fish and game says there seems to be a bumper crop of bears in the southeast.
Fish and Game officials are trapping and relocating bears in or near the city, relocating 8 black bears so far.
One orphaned brown bear was euthanized to prevent starvation.
residents are being warned to keep trash in bear safe trash cans.. and ensuring they stay locked.
Hikers on trails must also be aware that bears have a wide range throughout many state and national parks and that encounters can happen anywhere.
Fish and Game says its current concern with bears are fishing grounds around the state.
"Lately, we've been having a lot of issues with dipnetters and fishermen dumping fish carcasses out on trailheads or in neighborhoods," said David Battle with Fish and Game. "We want to make sure everybody knows that that's illegal, and that it's a big public safety right now."
Officials ask campers to store food properly by putting it away from camp or in a vehicle to prevent attracting bears by smell.

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