Number of problem bears killed in Anchorage this summer lowest in years

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Alaska Department of Fish and Game Biologist Dave Battle said he can hardly remember a summer where bear conflicts in the Anchorage area were so low — especially when you compare figures to the two summers prior.

”2019 was like being on vacation,” he said. “It's not that there weren’t any bear conflicts, we certainly did have a few and we had the occasional hot spot but it was no comparison to the previous two years."

The department keeps track of bears killed by authorities and bears killed by citizens in defense of life and property in Game Management Unit 14C, an area which mirrors the boundaries of the Municipality of Anchorage, including Chugach State Park.

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