SITKA, Alaska — A brown bear that ate a homeowner’s dog has been shot and killed by an Alaska State Trooper.
The bear was killed Friday afternoon after Trooper Tim Hall and Sitka police arrived at the home and found a partially eaten Karelian bear dog out back, KTVA-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2u0XfmI ). A male brown bear found nearby was fatally shot by Hall.
Residents had seen the same bear near homes in the area earlier Friday, Hall said.
Garbage was “likely a factor” in drawing the bear to the neighborhood, authorities said. But no garbage citations were issued in connection to the incident, Hall said.
The incident comes about one month after a bear that was chasing a trooper’s dog was fatally shot.
Troopers say the hide, skull and claws were surrendered to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Information from: KTVA-TV, http://www.ktva.com