Bear cubs euthanized after mother hit, killed by motorcycleThursday, May 28, 2015 11:45am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - State wildlife officials euthanized two black bear cubs after their mother was killed in a collision with a motorcycle. Juneau police say the sow ran in front of the motorcycle Thursday. The driver, identified only as a 58-year-old man, was wearing a helmet and taken to a hospital for treatment of what police Sgt. Chris Gifford called serious but non-life threatening injuries. Stephanie Sell, an area management biologist with the Department of Fish and Game, said the agency responded to a call to pick up a dead bear but realized the sow had been lactating. She says two young cubs were found in a tree nearby. She says no placement was available for them, and they would have suffered if they had been left on their own.
Canada plans to allow overnight travel at Stewart crossingThursday, May 28, 2015 11:30am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The border between Hyder, Alaska, and Stewart, British Columbia, will open to overnight travelers as part of a pilot program planned by the Canada Border Services Agency. The agency released some details Thursday on plans recently outlined to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and local officials. Travelers would use a telephone reporting system to gain entry into Canada at Stewart. An agency media representative couldn't immediately provide details on how the system would work. The agency said it was refining the logistics of a plan that will help enable the free-flow of legitimate goods and services while ensuring Canadians' security. The plan is expected to take effect June 22. The crossing was closed from midnight to 8 a.m. last month, giving rise to concerns from residents. Allowances were made for emergencies.
Ducklings waddle their way inside Alaska hardware storeThursday, May 28, 2015 11:15am
- FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Alaska wildlife officials are deciding what's next for a group of ducklings that wandered into a Fairbanks hardware store. The Fairbanks Daily News Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1PPIY48) Alaska Industrial Hardware employee Tammy Madeiros says the five tennis-ball-sized birds would have had to waddle across four lanes of traffic Wednesday afternoon to make it inside the store. Four of the five birds were removed without incident, but one got stuck under a vending machine before U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service technicians arrived. Federal officials couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday night, but Alaska Department of Fish and Game Spokeswoman Cathie Harms said the agency will likely attempt to find the ducklings' mother and leave them with her, or place them with an animal caretaker.