By Clarise Larson
Juneau Empire 

Juneau bears have learned to get into parked cars in search of food


August 31, 2022

Bear activity has been increasing in Juneau in August, said wildlife officials, and some of the bruins are looking in parked cars to grab some food.

Carl Koch, assistant area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the department is monitoring two black bears in the Mendenhall Valley area that have learned how to open car doors, and have caused “fairly significant damage” to at least three vehicles in the past few weeks.

Another bear occurrence was posted on the Juneau Community Collective Facebook page, showing video footage of a bear running and climbing...

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