Sunday, September 28, 2014

AK: Black Bear Raids Freezer, is Shot

A Juneau homeowner shot and killed a male black bear early Thursday after it repeatedly tried to raid a freezer on the porch, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Stephanie Sell, an acting area wildlife biologist, said the homeowners on Mendenhall Loop Road had dealt with a black bear in the past. They installed an electric fence around their chicken coop after a bear attempted to grab their poultry, she said.

While remodeling their home, Sell said, the homeowners moved a freezer onto their front porch, which she likened to an arctic entryway. The homeowners said a bear had gotten into the unlocked freezer, which was full of food, so they secured mesh across the porch entrance.

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