Record year for bears in Ketchikan

    Ketchikan, Alaska (AP) An Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist says there has been an enormous spike this year in black bears coming into contact with people in the Ketchikan area.

    Officials said the cause of the increase in bear interactions might be residents not making sure their garbage is secured.

    The Ketchikan Daily News reported that five bears have been killed this year.   Biologist Boyd Porter says is a 15-year high for Ketchikan.

    Ketchikan Police Chief Joe White says his department killed one of those five bears and has experienced an unusual amount of calls.

    The most important thing residents can do is secure their trash, because that can draw bears into areas with people.


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