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AN­CHOR­AGE, ALASKA» A wo­man camp­ing at a mu­nic­i­pal park in Alaska’s largest city got a sur­prise when a black bear col­lapsed her tent. Chris­tine Chalp, 58, was not hurt by the an­i­mal, but po­lice may take a bite out of her wal­let.

Of­fi­cers is­sued a ci­ta­tion for il­le­gally feed­ing game af­ter find­ing food and trash at her camp­site.

Po­lice just af­ter 7:30 a.m. Tues­day took a call that a bear was on a tent, pos­si­bly with a per­son in­side, at Cen­ten­nial Park. When po­lice ar­rived, the bear was gone. Of­fi­cers called out but no one in the crum­pled tent re­sponded. Of­fi­cers poked a sleep­ing bag, and Chalp popped her head out. She told of­fi­cers she played dead to pre­vent the bear from harm­ing her.

Of­fi­cers de­ter­mined that Chalp was wanted on a mis­de­meanor fail­ure-to-ap­pear war­rant for dis­or­derly con­duct. She was ar­rested and re­mained jailed Wed­nes­day. On­line court records do not show that she has an at­tor­ney.

Po­lice warned other res­i­dents that it’s il­le­gal to leave out food and trash that at­tracts wildlife such as bears. Com­mon in­frac­tions in­clude un­se­cured garbage cans, bar­be­cue grills and guts from fish.

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