By Olivia Rose
Petersburg Pilot 

Troopers euthanize cub that wandered into Petersburg grocery store


October 25, 2023

Bystanders watched through the windows of Petersburg IGA as wildlife troopers and police captured a young bear inside the grocery store on Oct. 17. Authorities later killed the orphaned bear, which they said was unlikely to survive the winter.

Alaska State Wildlife Troopers Josh Spann and Sgt. Cody Litster tried to push the bear out the door, hoping to get it back into a wooded lot and on its own again. However, “it was starting to create more problems and a spectacle,” Litster said.

“A dog catcher’s pole was used. It was brought out across the street, put in the cage in a patrol ca...

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