Matt Tunseth

Wildlife biologists are no longer actively trying to trap a bear thought to have mauled two men in the South Fork Eagle River Valley.

“The immediate trail has gone cold,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh on Monday.

The bear traps remain near the end of Hiland Road, but Marsh said they’re no longer set. However, that could change if there are bear sightings in the area.

Though he lives up the road in Palmer, Mark Corbin is a dogged Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks fan.

“I actually live within walking distance of the Miners’ stadium,” said Corbin, who Chinooks fans will recognize from his regular perch beneath a red tent on the hill behind left field at Lee Jordan Field.

Corbin has been a Chinooks fan since the team started playing its home games at the mountain-ringed diamond at Loretta French Park in 2011. He said the reason is simple.

Girls in Eagle River are going Wild for the Mustang Hockey Association’s new identity.

“I was very excited,” said 8-year-old Roxie Merrick after helping to unveil the name and logo for MHA’s Alaska Wild on Tuesday at the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River. “It’s like getting that new thing that you’ve been waiting for.”

A spokesperson for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said Saturday a third bear was shot and killed in the Eagleridge neighborhood on Wednesday.

State biologists Thursday were still trying to locate a brown bear believed to be responsible for the death of a 44-year-old hiker and the mauling of a 51-year-old man searching for him.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh said the department set out bear traps Wednesday night to try and capture the animal, which a witness described as a large brown bear.

Biologists were monitoring the traps Thursday.

A 7-year-old Alaskan husky named Nanook is being credited with helping rescue a cold, injured hiker Wednesday night in the Eagle River Valley.

“He’s Alaska’s version of Lassie,” said Lt. Eric Olsen with the Alaska State Troopers.

A brown bear killed a 44-year-old hiker deep in the South Fork Eagle River Valley and mauled a member of a search party looking for him on Wednesday, Anchorage police said.

Michael Soltis’ body was found in the same area near the end of Hiland Road — a winding, 9-mile-long route into the South Fork Eagle River Valley — where a brown bear also attacked a man searching for the missing Eagle River civil engineer Wednesday morning.

“It appears the brown bear was protecting the body when it attacked a member of the search party,” APD said.

A week-long trash binge is over for a pair of Eagle River brown bears who were shot and killed by state wildlife officials Monday night.

According to Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh, Fish and Game biologists and an Alaska wildlife trooper arrived in the Eagle Ridge subdivision Monday night in search of the bears, which had been getting into trash for more than a week.

“I think they encountered them fairly quickly,” Marsh said Monday.

Marsh said the bears were spotted wandering through the neighborhood in search of their favorite meal: trash.

A death sentence has been handed down for a pair of trash-eating brown bears in Eagle River.

“They’re going to be euthanized,” said Alaska Department of Fish and Game assistant Anchorage area biologist Cory Stantorf.

Jordan Wharton is tearing up the Alaska Baseball League.

The Indiana Wesleyan University and Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks infielder is currently leading the ABL with a .441 batting average and 15 hits through the first nine games of the season. Wharton’s hot start continued during a recent three-game series with the Peninsula Oilers that saw the 6-foot-1 righty from Akron, Ohio pick up six hits, including a homerun.

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