Bear shot, killed after being found in coop 'actively killing chickens'

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JUNEAU, Alaska (KTUU) - A bear in Juneau was fatally shot after a homeowner in the area discovered it inside their chicken coop, slaughtering their chickens.

According to a report from Alaska Wildlife Troopers at the Juneau post, a homeowner in the area of Randall Road discovered a brown bear was in their coop "actively killing chickens" just before 8 p.m. on Monday.

A trooper near the area responded and approached the residence with his gun drawn. That's when, troopers say, the animal charged towards them. "The bear charged the trooper to within 15 feet and was subsequently shot and killed," troopers wrote.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game also responded to the scene and took possession of the bear.

Troopers say that the bear was at the chicken coop when it charged the officer, and that the coop itself had not been protected with an electrified fence.

Wildlife troopers also said that they wanted to remind all owners of chicken coops or livestock pens that bears view these items as food sources. "As such, owners should take appropriate steps to prevent bears from accessing them, such as an electrified fence," troopers wrote.

Owners of chicken coops or livestock can contact their local Alaska Department of Fish & Game office for further information or ideas for preventing interactions with bears.