2 nuisance Alaska bears relocated from Petersburg

PETERSBURG, Alaska (AP) – Two nuisance bears that were lurking around Petersburg have been captured and relocated.

KFSK-FM reported (http://bit.ly/2wTmCL7 ) Monday that a 200-pound (91-kilogram) bear was caught Sept. 3 near downtown Petersburg, which followed the capture of a slightly smaller bear in August. The bears were dropped near Farragut Bay and Thomas Bay.

Fish and Game wildlife biologist Rich Lowell says the relocated bears are part of a busy year. Lowell says Petersburg residents might have become complacent with their garbage after two quiet years in a row for bears.

Officials are urging residents to keep best practices in mind, especially those participating in the moose hunting season that begins Sept. 15.

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