- A Kodiak bear was fatally shot by the Bear Patrol Team in Old Harbor, Alaska after it repeatedly broke into the village's landfill with her four cubs.
- The incident occurred when the bear ran into the landfill as a employee opened the gate to the facility; prior to killing her, the patrol made less violent attempts to remove the bear, such as blasting the sirens and using rubber bullets.
- The bear had been frequenting the site for months, digging holes to get inside, but had shown increasingly confrontational behavior towards humans, demonstrating aggressive behavior towards landfill workers.
From the article:
The bear could not break its habit of eating garbage, even with a new electric fence set up around the landfill and a stream full of salmon nearby, said Larry Van Daele, regional supervisor for the state Department of Fish and Game.
It also charged U.S. Marines, who are in the village building a runway, while they worked with heavy equipment to fill in the sow's holes with large rocks, troopers said.
The cubs, which looked to have been born this spring, have not been seen near the landfill since the sow's shooting, Van Daele said.