Friday 30 September 2016

Bear baiting? Man in costume tries to goad mother and cubs

Published 14/08/2015 | 20:08

A man in a full bear costume tried to harass a mother bear and her cubs in Alaska
A man in a full bear costume tried to harass a mother bear and her cubs in Alaska

Authorities in Alaska want to talk to a man in complete bear costume - head and all - who harassed a mother bear and two cubs trying to feed on pink salmon at a river.

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Officials in Anchorage said that it was not immediately known what the man was trying to accomplish.

A crowd had gathered at a weir because the mother and two cubs have frequently showed up there to feed during the salmon run.

People became startled when a man decked out in a bear outfit ran through the area.

The man began to jump up and down and then got close to the cubs, within 10ft, Alaska Fish and Game assistant area management biologist Mark Sogge said.

Alaska Fish and Game technician Lou Cenicola moved the mother bear out the way for the man's safety and then tried to talk to the man.

The man refused to identify himself and drove off without ever removing the costume, Cenicola said.

Troopers are investigating, spokeswoman Megan Peters said. If warranted, the man could face wildlife harassment charges.

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