Sitka area sees 3 human-bear encounters in 1 month

    SITKA, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Forest Service employees have shot and killed a brown bear near Sitka where two wilderness guides were mauled by a bear while leading a hiking excursion last month.

    The Sitka Sentinel reports that ranger Perry Edwards says the Forest Service workers shot the animal as it charged toward them on Aug. 27. The incident marked the third time in a month that a bear was shot near the city.

    Edwards says the female bear, which was found to have two cubs, could've been acting defensively to protect her offspring.

    The two wilderness guides were injured in an Aug. 18 attack after the group they were leading came between a female bear and her cub. Earlier in the month, a Sitka resident shot a charging bear.

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