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Location: Chena Hot Springs Road
Type: Bear Charge Investigation

Dispatch Text:

On July 19, 2021, at approximately 11:12 hours the Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks were notified that an adult male shot a bear in defense of his life. A preliminary investigation revealed that the adult male and his son were walking in a remote area near Smallwood Trail off Chena Hot Springs Road when they encountered a sow grizzly bear with a cub. The bear charged the man who shot it with his .44 magnum revolver. The bear was injured but not killed and fled from the area. 

Two Alaska Wildlife Troopers and HELO 2 responded to the area to search for the wounded bear. Troopers tracked the bear on foot for approximately 5 hours but were unable to locate it. The bear’s last known location was in an undeveloped area Northeast of Smallwood Trail.

Alaska law allows for the taking of game animals outside of the normal seasons and bag limits for the purpose of defending life or property. Animals taken in defense of life or property must be salvaged and surrendered to the Department of Fish and Game.

Posted on 7/20/2021 12:35:44 PM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

Posting Section: AK Wildlife Troopers