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Brown bear hit, killed on Glenn Highway during morning commute

Anchorage Police have responded to a bear versus vehicle crash on the inbound Glenn Highway near the scales.
Anchorage Police have responded to a bear versus vehicle crash on the inbound Glenn Highway near the scales.(KTUU)
Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 8:15 AM AKDT|Updated: Oct. 15, 2020 at 9:04 AM AKDT
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - A driver heading into Anchorage struck and killed a brown bear around 7:30 a. m. Thursday just past the Highland on-ramp on the incoming Glenn Highway.

According to Anchorage Police, the driver experienced minor injuries when the vehicle’s airbags deployed. Fish and Game biologist Cory Stantorf said the adult female brown bear, who weighed between 400-500 pounds, was killed instantly.

Stantorf said it’s the third time a bear has been struck and killed on the Glenn this year. He added that drivers need to be extra cautious, now that it’s dark in the mornings and there is no snow to illuminate the roadways.

“Any big large animal on the side of the road has the potential to run into traffic,” said Stantorf. “So if you see them, slow down, hit your hazards. Let everyone know there’s a moose on the side of the road or a bear. That way we can try and keep everyone safe.”

Fish and Game took possession of the bear. Stantorf said the hide will be put up for sale at the department’s annual Hoof and Hide Auction.

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