- Associated Press - Friday, April 3, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is warning Alaskans to take precautions against bears emerging from winter dens.

Anchorage wildlife biologist Dave Battle says he’s heard unconfirmed reports of bears around Anchorage and Eagle River.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror newspaper reports a bear that raided garages or chicken coops in two neighborhoods was shot and killed last weekend.

Department officials say it’s time to take down bird feeders that could attract bears and to secure trash, livestock feed and pet food.

The department says electric fences discourage bears from raiding poultry, goats and other small livestock.

Feeding bears and leaving out garbage, seed or food that attracts them is illegal.

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