5 Bad-News Grizzly Bears Plague the Town of Salcha

courtesy of Anchorage Daily News
by Mary Pemberton

A potentially dangerous situation is brewing in the community of Salcha, where two mother grizzly bears are roaming the community, looking for food and getting into trouble.

What bear wouldn’t tear into a car for the groceries inside? Or pass up a freezer on a deck filled with goodies?

Art Thompson Jr., owner of the Salchaket Roadhouse, said Friday that the bears have been around for about a month looking for food in the community about 30 miles southeast of Fairbanks. He’s been taking garbage to the dump every day to keep the back of the roadhouse clean and bear-free.

The bears are pretty much going house to house in the community of about 1,000 people where Fairbanks-area residents have weekend homes, he said.

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