Injured bear spotted on the outskirts of Kodiak

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KODIAK, Alaska (KTUU) - Kodiak police announced on social media Friday that officers have responded to numerous reports of an injured bear on the outskirts of town. Police highly recommend that people stay away from the bear as a safety precaution.

Nathan Svoboda, the Alaska Fish and Game Area Biologist for the Kodiak Archipelago, is coordinating with police and says ADF&G is monitoring the progress of the bear.

Svoboda writes that people have spotted the bear outside the city of Kodiak near Matson’s Dock and Deadman’s Curve. "The bear appears to have an injured right rear leg and walks with a distinct limp. The injury does not appear to be life threatening and the bear has not shown aggression or otherwise caused an immediate public safety concern," says Svoboda.

He warns that the bear appears to be in decent physical condition despite the injury. Furthermore, the bear appears to be moving slowly and deliberately as its metabolism is greatly reduced during the winter months.

Svoboda "encourages residents to continue to respect these magnificent animals by keeping a safe distance and avoiding unnecessary interactions as this bear strives to make it through the winter."