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Jessy Coltrane

Wildlife Biologist

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

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Alaska Department of Fish and Game

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Assistant Area Biologist

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Assistant Anchorage-area Wildlife Biologist

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Wildlife Biologist With the Department

Fish and Game

Area Biologist

Fish and Game

Anchorage Assistant Biologist

Fish and Game

Area Wildlife Biologist

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There's no way of telling if ... [cached]

There's no way of telling if the same bear was involved in Sunday's attack, said Jessy Coltrane, a wildlife biologist with Alaska Department of Fish and Game, which also responded to the latest encounter. Coltrane said genetic material from the bear in the May attack was not available.

There are no plans to look for the bear in Sunday's attack, said Coltrane, who noted that a search of the area failed to immediately find it. There are no immediate public safety concerns, she said.
Besides, the attack occurred in the middle of the woods in thick brush without a pattern of recreational use. And it was a defensive attack by a sow with two cubs.
"It was basically a bear being a bear,"Coltrane said. - News: Weird News [cached]

At least three moose have been caught since Sunday and another four have been reported snarled in hammocks or swing set chains over the past two weeks, said Jessy Coltrane, assistant area biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

"I get a call every day almost," she said Tuesday on her way back from rescuing the latest victim in a mountainside area on the city's east side.
"I took a hammock off a moose on Sunday.I had a call on Monday that I couldn't find.And now today."
Coltrane suggested that residents take down their hammocks or tie up swings so that bulls aren't tempted to joust.
"We're just asking people to help the moose out," she said.

His home also is near a ... [cached]

His home also is near a creek where bear like to catch king salmon, said Jessy Coltrane, assistant Anchorage-area wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Wildlife officials could not find the bear, and Coltrane said they don't know if it was black or brown.However, she suspected it was a grizzly based on its actions and since a police officer who lives nearby reported seeing a brown bear sow and cub in the area shortly before the attack.
There are a number of bears in the area, and officials weren't sure which was responsible, Coltrane said.
Coltrane said this attack reinforces that.

Jessy Coltrane, a wildlife ... [cached]

Jessy Coltrane, a wildlife biologist for the Department of Fish and Game, said the trail will be closed for a week per departmental policy.

When Fish and Game reached the ... [cached]

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.

Coltrane 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 said.
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 said.
"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 said.

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