Bear on Dumpster

Bears are generally attracted to areas that provide them food.

A vehicle traveling west on Nistler Road near Emmaus Road struck a bear early Monday morning killing the bear.

According to Alaska State Troopers, the accident occurred about 4:45 a.m. when the vehicle struck the small black bear. The vehicle received disabling damage and the driver suffered minor injuries. The bear was salvaged.

Several bears have been sited recently with one having been seen off Caribou Avenue over the weekend and one inside the main cantonment area at Fort Greely over the past two weeks. Ellie Mason with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game said although the bears could be the same bear, it is not likely based upon the information available.

Bears are occasionally seen in the area, but unlike some areas of the state, sightings are not common.

Attempts were made to trap the bear located on Fort Greely, but the effort was unsuccessful.

Fish and Game and Fort Greely officials encourage people to be bear aware and keep food and garbage secured.

According to Mason, “they won’t stick around if they aren’t getting anything.”

Garbage - Store trash inside buildings or in bear-resistant containers; keep secured until the day of scheduled pickup. Encourage neighbors to do the same.

Electric fences – Properly constructed electric fences designed to exclude bears can keep bears out of gardens, compost, and away from buildings, chicken coops, and domestic animals. For more information, contact your local department office or online at

Barbecues - Clean barbecue grills, especially grease traps, after each use.

Pets - Feed pets indoors or clean up excess and spilled food between meals. Store pet food, livestock food, and birdseed indoors or in bear-resistant containers.

Bird Feeders – Take feeders down April through October, store securely and remove spilled seed.

Freezers - Keep freezers locked in a secure building or otherwise inaccessible to bears.

Gardens - Plant gardens in the open, away from cover and game trails. Only compost raw vegetable matter and turn over compost frequently.

Feeding bears, even unintendedly can bring a fine.

People are encouraged to report bears frequenting neighborhoods or other populated areas, bears getting into trash, or bears showing signs of aggression to the local Fish & Game office.

To learn more about coexisting with bears, call or visit your local department office or online at

Bear sightings can be reported to Fish and Game by calling (907) 895-4484. 

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Delta Wind and covers general news topics. He can be reached at