Polar bear shot in Fort Yukon
by Jason Moore
Thursday, March 28, 2008
FORT YUKON, Alaska -- Fort Yukon, south of the Brooks Range, is more than 200 miles from the Beaufort Sea.
But that's how far a polar bear wandered to its demise.
Residents say the young bear, perhaps a two-year-old, was shot on the outskirts of the Yukon River village Thursday afternoon.
Fort Yukon officials said no in the village can remember a polar bear sighting in that area.
The city manager says it appears the bear was feeding on carcasses placed in the dump by trappers.
Residents, like Paul Shewfelt said they feared the bear would not leave the village.
"I think his weakness would have been he would have come back," Shewfelt said. "The smell of the town, the community, the people cooking, dog feed -- pretty sure it would have come back. You've got the dump there."
The man who shot the bear flew the head and hide to Fairbanks Friday to notify state Fish and Game officials.
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