Alaska state parks

Regina Green

Park officials killed and salvaged an aggressive black bear at Tonsina Creek last night after it bothered several groups of hikers late last week.

Alaska State Parks Ranger Jack Ransom said his department and the Department of Fish and Game were worried about the safety of hikers. Tonsina Creek is a busy trail.

"And in this case, the bear wasn’t going anywhere and it continued to threaten public safety," he said.

Regina Green

The odds of getting attacked by a bear are one in over two million. That’s why Sarah Wallner, who was mauled by a grizzly in 2007, could not believe her misfortune when she and two friends ended up in a standoff with a black bear at Tonsina Creek, near Seward, on Thursday. 

“Oh, not again. This is not happening," Wallner remembers thinking. "Like, this is not supposed to happen again.”

All three were OK, as was the bear, who just suffered from some mace in the face. But the hikers said for the two-ish minutes the standoff lasted, they weren’t so sure what was going to happen.

Sabine Poux/KDLL

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is looking for citizens advisory board members to help shape park policy on the Kenai Peninsula.

Eight spots are opening up this June on the boards for the Kenai River Special Management Area and Kachemak Bay State Park. 

The Alaska Long Trail is a proposal to create a continuous, 500-mile hiking route from Seward to Fairbanks, linking together existing trails and creating  new ones. This project would also link together grassroots efforts and organizations, namely, Alaska Trails, and land managers, including the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. On this week’s Kenai Conversation, we hear about what it would take to create the Alaska Long Trail and to create partnerships to maintain existing trails throughout the state.

Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce

Alaska State Parks is looking for businesses to provide tractor-assisted boat launch and retrieval services at the Anchor River and Deep Creek recreation areas.

Applicants can bid on contracts now through Dec. 14. Contracts last five years, with the chance for renewal.

One business will typically provide tractor services out of each location. The previous contracts were awarded to Marine Services for Deep Creek and Anchor River Enterprises at Anchor River, said Jack Blackwell, superintendent of the Alaska Division of Parks and Recreation.