Black bears removed from Anchorage neighborhood move to Hope

A family of black bears that used to frequent an Anchorage neighborhood and were relocated last week have found their way back to civilization, this time in a small town on Turnagain Arm.

Alaska Dispatch News reports the sow and four cubs traveled east from the Chickaloon Flats area of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge where they were released to Hope.

The bears gained attention for rummaging through Government Hill trash cans. Ken Marsh with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said they had not seen evidence that the bears had gotten into any cans in Hope. They moved out of the town within hours of the sighting.

Marsh says Fish and Game received reports Saturday that new black bears were in the Government Hill neighborhood of Anchorage.