Residents of Anchorage, Alaska, say they’re divided over how to handle bears who roam too close to homes, parks and businesses.
The Alaska Assembly is considering a plan to hire a “bear cop” who would keep track of meandering bears and use air horns and rubber bullets to drive them back into the wild, the Anchorage Daily News reported Monday.
Investigators in Utah say that a large black bear raided a clandestine marijuana growing operation so often that it chased the grower away. Deputies found food containers ripped apart and strewn everywhere, cans with bear teeth marks, claw marks and bear prints across the camp in Garfield County, Utah, on Tuesday.
“This bear is definitely law-enforcement minded,” said Garfield County Sheriff Danny Perkins. “If I can find this bear I’m going to deputize him.”
Perkins said the operation on Boulder Mountain included 4,000 ‘starter’ sacks of pot and 888 young plants.
“This particular bear apparently was not going to give up and basically chased these marijuana farmers away,” Perkins said.
A black bear that challenged a St. Bernard in the rural Alaska village of Galena on Friday afternoon evidently bit off more than it could chew. The dog ended up chasing the bear into the woods after what Galena Police Chief John Millan described as “a brief altercation.”
“I think the bear pretty clearly lost,” Millan said by phone. “It was last seen running into the woods.”
The dog, an adult St. Bernard that Millan described as a “monster of a dog” in terms of size, was uninjured in the encounter.
“That’s the friendliest dog in the world but I don’t think he wanted that bear around his family’s house,” the police chief said. “He’s very gentle but evidently very protective of his family.”