season has launched, and state officials say it is time to manage
trash and stash bird feeders.
small brown bear was seen ripping into a bird feeder in the
same Eagle River area where bears created havoc last October
and November, according to state biologist Rick Sinnott.
bear was seen near Gruening Middle School in the Parkview Terrace
area on Thursday night. As a result, residents in neighborhoods
in the Eagle River Loop Road area must start keeping garbage
inside or bears will start eating refuse and ultimately lose
their fear of people, Sinnott said.
in other areas of town that overlap bear habitat, from Muldoon
to the lower Hillside, should do the same.
what we've heard, the bear seems reluctant to come very far
into the neighborhood yet, but it's going to figure it out,"
Sinnott said. "At some point, the bear's going to get a
little too bold and a little too aggressive and somebody's going
to shoot it."
law prohibits careless feeding or using food to attract bears,
moose, wolves, coyotes, foxes or wolverines. Homeowners who
leave garbage at the curb the night before pickup and allow
bears to chow down could be fined $110.
several months last fall, authorities received more than 100
reports of bears cruising the Eagle Ridge, Parkview Terrace,
Eagle Crossing and Eaglewood subdivisions. The tidy, dense neighborhoods
extend for about two miles along a greenbelt used by bears,
moose and other wild animals as a natural corridor to undeveloped
land upriver and in Chugach State Park.
estimated 450 houses were leaving garbage out all night. At
least two people received fines, Sinnott said.
a patrol early Friday morning a few hours after the latest bear
was seen, Sinnott found 126 houses with garbage at the curb
along Parkview Terrace.
fears the same situation has begun again.
so disgusted with the people in Eagle River who haven't figured
this out," he said Monday. "They're endangering, if
not their own children, then somebody else's."
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