Sitka Authorities Kill Brown Bear Rummaging Through Trash Bins

The Associated Press has more on the story:

Steve Bethune, a wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said four shots were fired, at least two of which hit the bear.

Police received a call about a bear around 11:40 p.m. Saturday. By the time Bethune arrived around 1 a.m. Sunday, officers had killed the animal, he said.

“The bear sounded like it was being very aggressive and (the shooting) sounded very justified,” he said. The bear was “actively eating trash” when it was killed, he said, and “had been acting aggressive enough early that evening, basically immediately preceding getting shot.”

At least some aren’t pleased with how this situation unfolded.