- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - U.S. Forest Service officials have closed East Glacier Trail near the Mendenhall Glacier to give more space to a stressed out mother bear.

KTOO reports (https://bit.ly/1bPkuoM ) that Mendenhall official John Neary says the bear is becoming more aggressive toward hikers, mountain bikers and off-leash dogs.

He says the bear stands her ground and even approaches hikers, wanting them to back away from her.

The black bear has three cubs who Neary says are a little more than a year old, almost ready to strike out on their own.

The mother bear is called Bear 103 by wildlife officials and was tagged by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in 2013.

Neary says the Forest Service will consider reopening East Glacier Trail in about a week.


Information from: KTOO-FM, https://www.ktoo.org

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