“It came into a chicken coop and one of the homeowners in the area shot it and the bear ran off and came back a little while later and (the homeowner) shot it again,” Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist Nate Svoboda said.
The bear fled the scene and Svoboda said fish and game and the Alaska Wildlife Troopers spent Tuesday morning hunting for the wounded animal. They spotted a blood trail, but did not spot the bear.
“It is likely not going to be in a very good mood,” Svoboda said. “We want to let the public know and to tell them to take extra precautions until this dies down.”
As spring is in full bloom, bear activity around Kodiak has picked up. Bears are scurrying to fill their bellies full of food after their long winter naps.
Svoboda said in the last two weeks Fish and Game has received an increased amount of bear reports.
“A lot of bears are starting to come out of the dens,” said Svoboda, who has been in Kodiak for the last 10 months. “There is not a lot of food on the ground yet and they are starting to meander into town.”
On Saturday, Fish and Game received five bear reports. Two of the reports were about a bear getting into chicken coops, which Svoboda believes is the same bear shot on Monday.
Svobada said the amount of reports is typical for this time of the year.
“We just need to be really proactive and try to reduce any conflict,” he said.
Svobada listed several things people should consider this spring:
• Put garbage in bear-proof containers or leave it inside until the scheduled pickup;
• Install electric fences to protect domestic livestock, compost piles and gardens;
• Clean barbecue grills after each use and store inside;
• Store livestock or pet food inside;
• Take down bird feeders.
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