ANCHORAGE -

Recent sightings of a black bear and her two cubs roaming the area between the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University campuses have UAA police asking students and faculty members to give the bears more space.

Anchorage residents like Care Burpee say the bears, which were still out and about Thursday afternoon, are hard to resist.

"I think the two cubs are the smallest they have ever seen," Burpee said. "Those are really tiny little cubs, they're so cute."

The sow and her two cubs were spotted Wednesday across the street from Providence Alaska Medical Center.

Carrie Saurerbry, a lifeguard at Goose Lake, says the bears even walked near the lake's beach.

"They actually came out onto the beach right over there, so we got on a loudspeaker and started yelling, telling everyone to get off the beach," Saurerbry said. "The mom started walking away and one of the cubs ran up a tree."

University Police Department Chief Rick Shell says it received more reports of sightings of the family again on Thursday near the Fine Arts Building on campus.

"She hasn't shown any aggression, she tries to move away from the people whenever they start to crowd her," Shell said.

Shell says the university wants people to use caution so that she doesn't become aggressive.

"Anybody who's ever had children knows if you think your children are being threatened, you're going to become aggressive," Shell said.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Dave Battle says there are some myths about chasing a sow away from her cubs that aren't true.

"I've seen a number of people that think they can still scare the mom away with the bears up the tree," Battle said.

Battle says that's simply not the case.

"This is a bear with two small cubs; those cubs were just born this winter and if they're up a tree, she's not going anywhere," Battle said.

While the bears may be cute and fun to watch, authorities ask people to share the habitat and watch from a safe distance.