Sitka police kill 2 bears that entered shed, scratched home

SITKA, Alaska (AP) – Sitka police killed two brown bears that entered a shed and menaced a home.

The Daily Sitka Sentinel reports police just before 3 a.m. Tuesday took a call about the bears from a resident at a mobile home court.

The caller said a sow and a cub were eating a deer he had hung inside a shed.

The man called again soon afterward saying the bears were scratching on his house.

Two officers unsuccessfully tried scaring the bears off with their patrol car’s lights and siren and non-lethal “hazing rounds.”

After concluding that the bears could be killed under state law provisions for defense of life and property, the officers used a large-caliber hunting rifle and a 12-guage shotgun to kill both bears in an area away from homes.

Information from: Daily Sitka (Alaska) Sentinel, http://www.sitkasentinel.com/

AP-WF-11-07-18 1922GMT

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