black bear

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.

Bear-baiting application period open now

Mar 8, 2019

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is now accepting applications for hunters wanting a prime black bear baiting site.

Applications started coming in on March 1, and the filing period will last through April 12. The next day there will be a random drawing for the spots at the Refuge HQ, and hunters must be present to win.

Any remaining bait sites and permits will go to hunters not present at the drawing on a first-come-first-served basis.