Bear cub found wandering Shoemaker Loop euthanized

A black bear cub seen wandering Shoemaker Loop off Zimovia Highway at 5.5 Mile last week was euthanized in Petersburg on April 24, a day after a state wildlife trooper and U.S. Forest Service officer captured it following several sightings by residents who live along the roadway.

Trooper Chadd Yoder with Alaska Wildlife Troopers got a call from Wrangell police about people seeing a bear cub for days without its mother.

“It was apparent the bear was separated,” he said April 25. “What happened to mom, we don’t know.”

Jimmy Nelson, a Forest Service law enforcement officer, and Yoder found the cu...


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