Chicken-chasing bear shot in Eagle River Valley
A homeowner shot and killed a brown bear Wednesday morning that had been getting into chicken coops in the Eagle River Valley.
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the bear was shot in defense of life or property at a home on West Lake Drive in the Eagle River Valley.
The bear is believed to be the same animal that was fired at by another homeowner on Monday on Glacier View Loop, one street away from the scene of Wednesday’s incident.
On Wednesday, a man was cleaning the bear in the back yard of a home and wasn’t interested in talking about the incident.
Fish and Game biologist Dave Battle told the Anchorage Daily News that bears are likely out and about due to the warm fall temperatures and low snowcover so far this year.
“We’re kind of easing into winter here,” Battle said.
There have been seven bears shot and killed in the Municipality of Anchorage this year, including three brown bears and four black bears. Six of the seven animals have been killed in the Chugiak-Eagle River area, with one brown bear shot and killed in South Anchorage.