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Returning bears repeatedly rummage through refuse


August 4, 2022

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Silva

This bear was sighted walking down Ira II Street on Wednesday.

Garbage is in season for bears on Mitkof Island who are finding it as an easy, accessible source of food.

From July 27 to August 2 there were 15 reported bear sightings according to Petersburg Police Department reports and Petersburg Area Biologist Frank Robbins says the "common thread" is garbage.

"I think people come out of the winter where you don't really have to worry so much about managing their garbage and in the spring and early summer where we generally don't have many bears in town and they sort of loosen their management a bit and then suddenly bears appear because there's easy p...

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