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Potter Creek trailhead closed due to moose kill attracting bears

Two bear warnings are posted at the Potter Trailhead end of the Turnagain Arm Trail on May 21, 2018. (Marc Lester / ADN)

Anchorage's popular Potter Creek trailhead is closed due to a moose kill that has attracted bears, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Chugach State Park rangers closed the trailhead, located at Mile 15 of the Seward Highway, on Saturday, said Ken Marsh with the Department of Fish and Game.

The moose kill is about a mile from the trailhead in the direction of McHugh Creek.

Marsh said black bears had been seen eating the carcass.

"The estimate is that it will be closed for about a week," he said.

A red bear danger sign has been posted at the site.

The Potter Creek trailhead is a heavily-used gateway to the Turnagain Arm Trail, a 9.4 mile trail that paralells the highway below from Potter to Windy Corner. Bears are often spotted along the trail.

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