Cubs

Black Bears (Ursus americanus)
Chugach State Park, Alaska
Canon 7D w/ Canon 100-400mm lens @ 400mm
1/250 sec @ f5.6 iso 400
© G. Runco / Teklanika Photography 2017

“Mom and Cub”

© Teklanika Photography 2016
© Teklanika Photography 2016

Black Bears (Ursus americanus)
Southcentral Alaska
Canon 7D
Canon 100-400mm lens @ 400mm
1/160 sec @ f5.6
iso 400
*converted to black & white
© Teklanika Photography 2016

“Two Bears”

© Teklanika Photography 2015
© Teklanika Photography 2015

Black Bears (Ursus americanus)
Anchorage, Alaska
Canon 7D
Canon 100-400mm lens @ 320mm
1/400 sec @ f5.6
iso 400
© Teklanika Photography 2015

“Resting Bears”

© Teklanika Photography 2015
© Teklanika Photography 2015

Black Bears (Ursus americanus)
Anchorage, Alaska
Canon 7D
Canon 100-400mm lens @ 400mm
1/125 sec @ f5.6
iso 500
© Teklanika Photography 2015

Juneau Man Pleads Guilty to Feeding Bears

courtesy of Juneau Empire
by J.E. Staff

The Juneau man who was accused of illegally feeding black bears pleaded guilty in Juneau District Court on Wednesday to one count of feeding game.

Arnold W. Hanger, 65, was fined $5,000 with $2,500 suspended, given 10 days in jail with all 10 suspended and ordered to pay $1,500 in restitution to the state.

In addition, Hanger was ordered to perform 80 hours of community work service with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s Wildlife Division. Hanger was also placed on probation for two years.

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Chicken Coops Prove Irresistible to Urban Bears

courtesy of Anchorage Daily News
by Casey Grove

Chicken coop raids by local black bears are on the rise, just as Southcentral moves into its peak season for bear activity, according to an Anchorage biologist.

In July alone, at least five black bears caught pilfering poultry have been shot, either by homeowners or police, said Anchorage area Fish and Game biologist Jessy Coltrane, who said she suspects more bear kills go unreported.

“Chickens are one of our biggest attractants, aside from garbage and bird seed, and it’s growing because the number of chickens is growing,” Coltrane said.

Coltrane attributes the jump, in part, to a recent city ordinance that makes it easier to keep chickens within the municipality, from its northern boundary in Chugiak and Birchwood south to Girdwood.

Mostly, though, the problem stems from residents’ ignorance about bear deterrence in Anchorage, she said.

“I get, on average, a call a day about a bear getting into chickens,” Coltrane said. “They’re thinking I’m going to come do something about the bears. But what I really want is for them to secure their chickens.”

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