State biologists shot and killed a brown bear Wednesday morning in Chugiak after the sow and its three cubs raided trash cans and attacked 22 chickens and a goat, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
It’s the agency’s first bear kill of the season in the Municipality of Anchorage, said Ken Marsh, a Fish and Game spokesman.
Over the weekend, he said, the department received a significant increase in reports of bear activity within the municipality, both sightings and concerns about bears getting into garbage.
Local choir students have some shiny new hardware to add to their collection.
The North Area Choir — which is made up of choir students from Chugiak and Eagle River High Schools — recently returned from a trip to the Worldstrides Music Festival in San Francisco, where the group wowed the judges en route to a sweep of the festival’s top awards.
The women’s choir won first place and gold earned gold medal recognition, as did the mixed choir. The men’s choir won gold recognition, with the group’s Liam Dooley earning the festival’s Ovation Award for Outstanding Soloist.
On Earth Day at the Eagle River Nature Center, life was emerging from nearly every nook and cranny: Big, lazy mosquitos hovered, skittish butterflies fluttered and in the shallow ponds near the center trails, salmon fry fought over a few fledgling flies.
Sometime soon, even the bears will be about.
“We have not run into any bear sightings, but it’s definitely that time of year,” said ERNC operations manager Laura Krueger on Sunday, April 22.