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Police shoot, kill problem bear in Carlanna area

Ketchikan Police shot and killed a black bear at the 200 block of Carlanna Lake Road Friday morning. Deputy chief Josh Dossett said the bear often was seen in the area and had become a problem bear.

“We probably have three problem bears, four problem bears that we deal with on a regular basis,” he said. “They have their own little areas that they run, and this is one we’ve dealt with in the past.”

Police responded to the call Friday morning on Bryant Street, where they shot the bear twice before it ran through neighborhoods to escape. Officers fatally shot the injured bear about a block away.

“There are some bears that all they know is the garbage and that’s all they know how to survive and that’s how they were raised by their mother bear,” Dossett said. “They don’t know berries and fish and that kind of stuff. Those are the ones that usually become our problem bears.”

Dossett said this was the third bear police have killed since April.

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