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Phil Mooney with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game talks about the deer habitat study, begun this summer with variety of agencies.
A deer found with a wire around its neck near Sitka has was safely released by wildlife authorities late last week. But another deer may be suffering from the same -- possibly malicious -- predicament. Phil Mooney, a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, successfully darted and tranquilized the adult doe near the Indian River Road on Friday (9-12-14).
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has darted and tagged a brown bear frequenting the end of the Sitka road system, in the hope of learning whether it’s the same animal that killed and ate a dog in the area earlier in the week. ADF&G biologist Phil Mooney tranquilized the bear last Friday evening (5-17-14) on the beach in Starrigavan Bay.
The Sitka Bear Task Force has organized work parties to tackle several bear caches -- the places around town where brown bears have been dragging garbage bags over the years, to sort through their loot undisturbed. Alaska Department of Fish & Game biologist Phil Mooney says cleaning up these so-called “trash caches” is no small job. “Over the years you’ll get some places where you’ll have 2 and 3 pickup loads of material that’s piled back in there,” he says.
A decade ago, when a Sitka couple proposed creating a bear rescue center from the remains of Sitka's decommissioned pulp mill, the plan raised some local hackles. Ten years later, the Fortress of the Bear is home to five brown bears and two new black bear cubs -- and it's about to embark on a major expansion, building a black bear enclosure this winter.