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State plans to kill bear family of 5 in Alaska neighborhood

 

In this Sunday, April 12, 2015, photo, a black bear sow carries a snack near Government Hill in Anchorage, Alaska. Residents believe the sow with four yearling cubs are the same bears that were in the area last summer. (Bill Roth/Alaska Dispatch News via AP)

In this Sunday, April 12, 2015, photo, a black bear sow carries a snack near Government Hill in Anchorage, Alaska. Residents believe the sow with four yearling cubs are the same bears that were in the area last summer. (Bill Roth/Alaska Dispatch News via AP)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska wildlife officials say they plan to kill a family of five black bears that’s been roaming through an Anchorage neighborhood for a second year.

The Alaska Dispatch News, an Anchorage newspaper, (http://is.gd/O4SRCv) reports there is no timeline set for officials to kill the adult sow and four yearling cubs.

The plans were announced Thursday by Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials, who cite public safety concerns for the planned action.

Fish and game biologist David Saalfeld says he was called to the neighborhood Wednesday after people had surrounded the bears. Saalfeld says some were taking photographs of the animals, which had all climbed up a tree.

Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh says the sow began exhibiting defenses behavior, such as popping her teeth and huffing.

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Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, http://www.adn.com

 

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