Bear cub captured inside grocery store, euthanized


October 19, 2023

Screenshot from video courtesy of Rudy Rosas

Bystanders exclaiming "Bear! Bear!" directed attention to the cub pawing at the store-front windows at Petersburg IGA on Main Street.

Bystanders in downtown Petersburg watched through the windows of Petersburg IGA as wildlife troopers and police captured a young bear inside the grocery store on Tuesday afternoon.

Alaska State Wildlife Trooper Sgt. Cody Litster told the Pilot that he received an urgent call from staff at the downtown grocery store and left promptly, notifying the Alaska Department of Fish and Game along the way, with the Petersburg Police Department following close behind.

Trooper Josh Spann and Sgt. Litster tried to push it out the door, hoping to get it back into a wooded lot and on its own again. Howeve...

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