ANCHORAGE, Alaska -

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says the actions of irresponsible Eagle River residents forced an Alaska Wildlife Trooper to shoot and kill a grizzly bear in the community Wednesday night.

Many residents say bears have been more active in the area than ever before.

Sharing a neighborhood with wildlife is part of living in alaska...but there comes a time when it crosses the line into danger.

“When it starts bothering your kids -- I mean, this grizzly chased some kids down a street,” said Eagle River resident Sarah Martin.

Neighbors say that over the past few years, bears have become more active, from destroying property to charging at people. The problem bear in Eagle River reached a point where authorities had to step in and shoot it.  

“It's our policy when we see a repeated behavior by a food-conditioned brown bear as this one was, showing the same behavior night after night in this neighborhood, that our only option really is to put it down,” said Fish and Game biologist Jessy Coltrane.

Martin says she has her two children run to the car, just in case a bear wanders through their neighborhood.

“We've seen it on the road at least four times I know of,” Martin said. “It broke down our Arctic entry door and kicked (it) down, because it was trying to get in through the window.”

Fish and Game blames the incident on neighbors who haven't taken care of their trash. Officials have issued two $310 citations for negligent feeding of wildlife to residents, one of whom was identified in a Thursday trooper dispatch as 71-year-old Karen Johnson.

Some residents are already taking steps to better handle their trash, in a bid to avoid attracting bears and other animals.

“Up until about a week and a half ago, we had put our trash out and it only had magazines,” said resident Maureen Otto. “And the bear got into it, so then we put it into the garage.”

Fish and Game says people should secure their trash in garages, and only take it out on the morning when their trash is picked up -- steps which can help keep both people and wildlife safer.

“People that leaving their trash out, they caused the death of this bear and they endangered people in their neighborhood,” Coltrane said. “So they created a public safety risk, and ultimately the bear paid the ultimate price.”

Fish and Game says the bears are making a big push to gain calories before they go in to the dens in the winter, with brown bears possibly active until late November.