Bear forgoes winter sleep, pays visits to trash bins

Associated PressJanuary 25, 2012 

KODIAK -- A bear is forgoing its winter nap at the east end of Kodiak City, leaving numerous tracks in the snow.

Larry Van Daele with the state Department of Fish and Game said it probably is the same bear that frequented the area late last year.

KMXT said there have been no reports of aggressive encounters or property damage, although there have been a few trash bin raids.

Still, Van Daele aid people should be bear aware, particularly in wooded area after dark.

According to Van Daele, it's unusual for a bear to be active near town this time of year, but it's not unprecedented.

Radio collar studies on other bears show that as many as 25 percent of adult males do not hibernate for the entire winter.

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