SITKA, ALASKA Brown bear activity around Sitka is off to an early start this spring. Over the last ten days, Sitka police have fielded a number of calls from residents who have seen bears in trash cans, on streets, on trails, and in the occasional chicken coop. Alaska Department of Fish & Game biologist Phil Mooney is Sitka’s go-to man for bears. So far this year, Mooney estimates that there could be three or four sows on the road system, and like last year, possibly one large and very furtive boar. KCAW’s Robert Woolsey spoke with Mooney about his department’s approach to the bear issue this season:
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