Summer of peace (Bears in Anchorage)

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A year on from a record kill of problems bears in Alaska’s largest city, the Anchorage bear “problem” appears to have all but evaporated.

As the bruins head for hibernation, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reports a death toll for the snow-free season of but two grizzly bears and four black bears – about a seventh of the 40 bears of both species killed last year.

It is the lowest kill since seven dead bears in 2013 in the sprawling, 1,700-square-mile of municipality dominated by the half-million-acre Chugach State Park and surrounding federal lands home to an estimated 250 to 350 black bears and 55 to 65 grizzlies.

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