Fairbanks, Anchorage Bear Incidents Injure Two

Some bear trouble near Alaska’s two largest cities.  At Angel Rocks, off Chena Hot Springs Road above Fairbanks on Saturday, a black bear hauled a camper right out of his tent.  Thomas Gilligan had some scratches, but otherwise was okay.  There were two other people in his tent and another tent was nearby.  They think the bear was scratching around for food.

In Anchorage, a trail on the hillside was closed by the Fish and Game department Sunday after a brown bear bolted from the bushes along the South Fork Rim Trail and bowled over a hiker out with his wife and two dogs.  The trail is frequently used, but is described as overgrown.  The victim, Dan Goodstein, says he remembers the dogs were acting strangely, but that’s not too unusual for them.  Goodstein had minor injuries.

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