When Fish and Game reached the female bear, it was in the MacInness neighborhood, scavenging trash, said Jessy Coltrane, Fish and Game's area biologist.
says they have had many issues with trash not being secured properly in that neighborhood.
The bear had a Chips Ahoy wrapper stuck to her
foreleg as she
wandered through the neighborhood.
Anchorage Police, Coltrane
, and another Fish and Game employee were able to shoo the bear through the neighborhood and across Tudor Road, towards a wooded area.
"Luckily because she
was close enough to the adjacent wooded area here ... that goes into Bicentennial Park, we were able to just run her
back over into the woods where she's
better suited," Coltrane
stressed the importance of securing trash properly.
In the spring, when there isn't much vegetation for the bears to eat, they take to trash for a free meal, she
"Anchorage is a large bait bucket.
We've got just, hundreds of thousands of people that live here and there's a large proportion of people that do not handle their garbage responsibly, so, it's just very enticing for bears to walk out of the ruins and walk into the neighborhoods and you know, snack on our trash.
So we're asking to people to please make sure that their trash is secured until the day of pickup," Coltrane