Alaska of­fi­cials seek man who ha­rasses mother bear, 2 cubs

The China Post - - LIFE - BY MARK THIESSEN

Author­i­ties in Alaska want to talk to a man, in com­plete bear cos­tume — head and all — who ha­rassed a mother bear and two cubs try­ing to feed on pink salmon in an Alaska river, Mon­day.

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately known what the man was try­ing to ac­com­plish.

A crowd had gath­ered at a weir, used to count fish, be­cause the mother and two cubs have fre­quently showed up there to feed dur­ing the salmon run.

The crowd be­came star­tled when a man decked out in a bear out­fit ran through the area.

The man be­gan to jump up and down, and then got close to the cubs, within 3 me­ters, Alaska Fish and Game As­sis­tant Area Man­age­ment Bi­ol­o­gist Mark Sogge said.

Alaska Fish and Game tech­ni­cian Lou Cenicola moved the mother bear out the way for the man’s safety and then tried to talk to the man.

The man re­fused to iden­tify him­self and drove off with­out ever re­mov­ing the cos­tume, Cenicola said.

Troop­ers are in­ves­ti­gat­ing, spokes­woman Me­gan Peters said. If war­ranted, the man could face wildlife ha­rass­ment charges.

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