Brown bear shot in Eagle River after entering chicken coop

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A resident killed a brown bear that had entered a chicken coop in the Eagle River Area, according to Alaska Department of Fish and Game area biologist Dave Battle.

While Battle says that he has heard more reports than usual of bears out and about in mid-November, bear activity is nothing unusual for November.

"Most of our black bears go into their den in October, but we commonly have at least some brown bears out in November," he said.

The bigger issue than a late winter, says Battle, is residents not securing livestock with proper gear. He said there's an easy way to avoid attacks on livestock.

"It’s not all that hard: it’s electric fences. It’s something we heavily push that on residents," said Battle.

Battle says it's the seventh bear killed in the Anchorage area this year, and the first brown bear killed in defense of life or property. Four black bears were already killed this year in the Anchorage management area in defense of life or property.

Unlike requirements that trash be secured, there are no requirements for securing animals. It's something that Battle said he would like to see change at some point to avoid further bear deaths.

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