Bear sightings close trail near fatal Eagle River mauling

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New encounters with sow brown bears near the Eagle River site of a fatal mauling last month have prompted state officials to close a nearby trail – and rekindled biologists’ hopes of capturing the bear involved in the June death.

Ken Marsh, a spokesman for the state Department of Fish and Game, said the sightings near the Symphony Lake Trail had prompted Chugach State Park officials to temporarily close the trail Wednesday. Nobody was injured in the latest incidents, which occurred in the same area as the mauling which left 44-year-old Michael Soltis dead.

Efforts to find that bear had been scaled back, Marsh said, after initial efforts weren't successful.

Bear sightings close trail near fatal Eagle River mauling

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