Brown bear sighted on Salmon Creek Trail

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A runner said the bear growled at him when he blew a whistle before it ran off into the woods.

    Division of Wildlife Biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Carl Koch, said the incident occurred on May 19 at 6:15 pm.  He explained the bear came out of the brush beside the trail and bluff charged him twice.

    All this happened within a few seconds.  The runner was not injured.

    The incident occurred on a section of the trail about 1.5 miles from the trailhead, past the bridge near the flooded area.

    Wolves have been seen on several occasions in the Salmon Creek area in recent years but brown bears are rare near downtown Juneau.

    Brown bears are found north of Juneau and occasionally are seen in the Mendenhall Valley and Montana Creek.

    Wildlife Officials recommended people avoid the trail for the time being.  They recommend if you do hike Salmon Creek travel in a group of four or more people, carry bear spray, and make lots of noise.  They also recommend you keep your dogs on a leash.

    More from News of the North

    Current Conditions

    Crude Oil Price