It may be time to hibernate, but there's at least one black bear in town that's not very sleepy - and most likely, it all comes down to food.
A black bear stopped by the Alaskan Hotel & Bar on Monday night, but was quickly bounced by the bartender on duty. Manager Scott Fry was at the hotel's front desk when he saw the bear pass by outside at about 9:15 p.m.
Carlos Cadiente shows off the back bone and back strap of a Sitka blacktail deer Tuesday on the porch of his Star Hill home.
The popular Gustavus cow moose hunt has been canceled for this fall season.
It's bear season, so be prepared. KINY has reported a black bear spotted around Switzer Village. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Ryan Scott said this is the first sighting he's heard about, and it's right on time. The first bear sightings are generally reported toward the end of March or beginning of April, although it hasn't been uncommon the first reports to come in as early as mid-March.
As a retired Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist and former member of the Alaska Board of Game, I strongly believe we must keep the voter initiative for wildlife issues. My main reason is that we need a check on the Legislature, which passes and threatens to pass wildlife legislation that benefits only special interest groups and is not good resource management. When the Legislature has a majority that can override a governor's veto, as it does now, one of the few ways to overturn poor wildlife legislation is with a voter initiative.
DILLINGHAM - While the sight of a brown bear in the wild can be awe-inspiring, the sight of a furry thief in your smokehouse filled with drying salmon can be downright discouraging. Just ask Anuska Olson. She and her husband, Hjalmar, have spent their entire lives in the Dillingham area, and too many times have unwillingly donated their family's fish to an ursine robber.
When a mother brown bear is killed in Kodiak, leaving cubs alive and orphaned, a heart-wrenching decision about their fate must be made.
A fisherman shot and killed a sow grizzly as she charged him in the early morning darkness Saturday on the banks of the Russian River.
A runner near Soldotna was mauled by a grizzly sow protecting her cubs. The man's wounds were not life-threatening, authorities said.
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