Local bears back to old tricks
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Its that time of year again for Petersburg’s resident black bears. As the summer winds down, authorities are getting more and more calls about black bears trying to get a free meal from local garbage cans and other enticements in Petersburg. It doesn’t help that it’s been an off-year for pink salmon, a primary food source for the animals. The state has already used a culvert trap to catch at least one nuisance bear downtown and move it to the mainland.
So, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and local police are reminding residents to take precautions. Matt Lichtenstein spoke with state wildlife biologist Rich Lowell
A Petersburg resident takes a creative approach to keeping bears out of their trash this summer. Note the garbage can hanging on the basketball hoop. Photo courtesy Rich Lowell, ADF&G.
The legal battle continues over a demolished home on Wrangell Avenue in Petersburg. The structure was taken down in 2014 after the borough declared it a dangerous home. The owners of the home are appealing last year’s court ruling in favor of the Petersburg borough and have filed another suit challenging borough staff visits to the property in preparation for demolition. more
A sculptor who just moved to Petersburg last year opens up a show at Miele Gallery on main street Friday, August 26, although local art enthusiasts may already be familiar with his artwork. more