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Government Hill bears spared by request from governor

A mother black bear and her four cubs known for rummaging through trash in the Anchorage neighborhood of Government Hill were saved from euthanization on Saturday by a phone call from Governor Bill Walker to the commissioner of Fish and Game. Jeannette Lee Falsey

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