Black bear with two cubs shot near Goose Lake

bears_photo courtesy of uaaA black bear family that had since early June been a familiar sight around UAA will not be returning.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists on Thursday made the decision to euthanize the sow with two very young cubs that had become accustomed to life in the bustling U-Med district.

According to KTVA, the sow had been ear tagged by Fish and Game a year earlier in the same area, but had returned in the spring with two cubs.

Emails sent from UA Alerts beginning June 11 had cautioned students and faculty to be aware of the bears’ presence on the east side of campus.

University Police Department Chief Rick Shell said that officers had responded to at least eight calls in the weeks leading up to Fish and Game’s actions.

KTVA reported Friday that the cubs, currently being held at the Alaska Zoo, will eventually be sent to an animal sanctuary in Texas.