Kenai Bear Sightings Numerous Recently

The Associated Press / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / July 6, 2004

KENAI--Several bears have been spotted in Kenai in recent days tearing through trash and devouring a moose calf.

Clinton Coligan, owner of Capt. Bligh's Beaver Creek Lodge on Angler Drive off Beaver Loop, said his clients called him at 2 a.m. Wednesday to report a brown bear killing a moose calf just 12 feet off their cabin's deck.

Jan Stout and three other men from South Carolina were spending a week in the lodge's log cabin when they were awakened by the noise.

One of the men went outside and witnessed an adult brown bear viciously killing a young moose calf.

"'Can you hear it crunching the moose's bones?' Jan asked me," Coligan said.

Coligan called 911. Kenai police responded and used their vehicle to run off the bear. They also retrieved the carcass of the calf.

On Thursday night, two bear cubs were spotted running across the Kenai Spur Highway near the baseball diamond known as "the dustbowl."

That afternoon, a brown bear was spotted in town, and the same or another brown bear was later seen tearing through trash at a residence off Bridge Access Road.

Friday at 1:30 a.m., Kenai police got a call about a brown bear near the McDonald's restaurant and at 4 a.m., they were called to Old Town, where a brown bear also was sighted.

Three and one-half hours later, a brown bear with two cubs was spotted in a Kenai subdivision, police said.

Early Sunday morning, a brown bear with three cubs was spotted on Phillips Drive in Kenai.

Last month, a Department of Fish and Game biologist shot a 300-pound bear in Eagle River that had killed two moose calves near homes, ripped into people's garbage and knocked over a backyard fence.

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