Officials warn of bears at popular Southeast fishing creek

Associated PressAugust 10, 2012 

JUNEAU -- Wildlife officials are warning fishermen to be wary of brown bears at a popular Southeast Alaska fishing location.

The Department of Fish and Game says brown bears have been prominent at Sweetheart Creek in Gilbert Bay just inside Port Snettisham.

Biologist Ryan Scott tells KINY-AM ( that good sockeye salmon fishing is drawing people to the creek.

He suggests that fishermen travel in groups, make lots of noise and make sure bears don't have access to human food or garbage.

Scott says the department also encourages people to throw fish carcasses and guts in fast moving or deep water so they don't wash up on the beach or along the creek.

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