- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Officials say a family of five black bears that were frequenting an Anchorage neighborhood has been relocated away from the city.

Anchorage television station KTUU (https://is.gd/DoZUOC) reports the relocation of the Government Hill bears was announced Friday. The sow and four cubs were captured over several days this week and were temporarily held at the Alaska Zoo.

Ken Marsh with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game declines to say where the bears were relocated. Marsh says he wasn’t told the distance away from Anchorage. He says it’s a remote area and far away enough from people that officials hope the bears will adapt to a wild setting.

Initially, the bears were going to be killed, but a public outcry pushed officials to capture the bears alive. Gov. Bill Walker also asked if the bears could be moved rather than shot.


Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com

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