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6/16/2017
Homeowner kills bear after it attacks dog

SITKA (AP) — An Alaska homeowner fatally shot a brown bear after it attacked his dog.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Steve Bethune called the incident on Wednesday bad timing, The Daily Sitka Sentinel reported.

“The homeowner let their dog out in the morning and there happened to be a bear on the premise,” Bethune said.

The dog, a blue heeler, is OK.

The bear ran about 100 yards, over a hill and into a creek after being shot.

The bear will be skinned and the hide sent to Anchorage for the Fish and Game Hide and Horn Auction, which happens in February during Fur Rendezvous.

“We’ll contact the raptor center to see if they want any of (the meat),” Bethune said. “If not, we’ll dispose of it. It’s hard to find people who want bear meat.”

The man’s action was justifiable as defense of life and property, Bethune said.

Garbage was not a problem in this incident, he said.

“It was unavoidable,” Bethune said. “The person wasn’t doing anything that really could have prevented it. He was going about his normal daily routine. It’s normal to let the dog out in the backyard.”