If you ever thought a bear cannot be easily killed with a spear, then you might have been wrong. A man in Anchorage managed to do this yesterday, as one and a half years old black bear entered a homeless camp in Anchorage.
The officials declared that the cub came there because he was attracted by the food smell from the camp. In an attempt to enter a tent where there were kids, the bear was killed by a homeless man. He used a handmade spear which he had made in order to protect himself.
According to Beth Ipsen, a spokesman of the Alaska State Troopers, David Tandler, aged 49, speared the bear at 11 o’clock in the morning, near Centennial Park.
An Alaska State Trooper arrived at the scene along with the police. When they got there, a female bear was in a tree and they believed it was the baby bear’s mother.
Ipsen declared that “the kill was in defense of life or property because it was reported as the bear was trying to get into a tent where there were small children inside.” However, he also stated that there were no children when they arrived in the camp.
An area biologist declared that the bears were attracted by the food smell of the homeless man and they kept returning to it for several days. He also stated the camp was large, containing approximately five tents, one of which was filled with food and situated near the tents they would use for sleeping. People there didn’t try to take any measure against the returning of the bears.
After it was speared, the bear tried to run away. He covered a 20-yard distance, and then he collapsed and died.
At the time the police was investigating the scene, the female bear started to descend from the tree in an attempt to reach the food tent again. They scared her with rubber bullets, but the officials declared that it is a matter of time until she gets back.
For their own safety, the homeless people were advised to evacuate the camp.
Tandler was given a $310 fee for the food and garbage found in the camp, which represented the reason why animals were attracted there.
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