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ANCHORAGE (AP) — Two black bears in Eagle River have been captured and euthanized following multiple instances of property destruction.
Wildlife officials deemed the bears to be beyond rehabilitation, KTUU-TV reported Wednesday.
Bear damage calls started in mid-May, when multiple residents along Eagle River Road reported damage to their vehicles.
State Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh said car doors were ripped clean off and one Jeep had its soft top clawed to shreds. Marsh said one of the bears even opened an unlocked door using the handle.
"The two bears had likely started off by getting into trash cans, and then at some point found food in or near a car, and learned that cars were a food source," Marsh said. "Due to this, we had no choice but to put them down."
The two bears were captured in traps over the weekend and then euthanized.
"This was a hard case," Marsh said. "Because, you know, we really didn't have any better option for the bears once it got to that point."
The bears mark the second and third cases of 2018 where problem bears were killed.
Biologists with the department earlier killed a brown bear in Chugiak for killing chickens.
Information from: KTUU-TV, http://www.ktuu.com